Were former President Donald Trump’s “mean tweets really that bad?” Actor and conservative Filmmaker Kevin Sorbo asked on Thursday, sharing a photo of a gas station charging more than five dollars a gallon.
While Trump was criticized for harsh tweets as president, before his account was permanently closed by Twitter, Pres. Joe Biden is currently being criticized for his anti-energy policies, such as canceling the Keystone XL oil and gas pipeline project.
“Were the mean tweets really that bad?” Sorbo tweeted, embedding a viral photo, shared on social by Donald Trump, Jr., of a gas station with prices ranging from $5.55 for regular to $5.75 for supreme, and $5.85 for diesel.
“The gas prices in the images appear to be legitimate,” an Associated Press fact-check says, reporting that the photo is of a gas station in Los Angeles, California that charges unusually-high prices:
"The first post, an Instagram photo shared by Donald Trump Jr., features the Chevron station’s sign showing regular gas costing $5.55 per gallon. The former president’s son used the image to implicate President Joe Biden’s administration as the reason for the high prices."
“However, the images of the exorbitant prices charged by the station, which are being shared on social media, don’t accurately reflect the actual state of gas prices in America.”
Indeed, AAA reported on Monday that, while “Americans are paying 14% more to fill-up compared to February” – a 40 cent a gallon increase – the national gas price average is $2.86, well below that in the photo.
Still, AAA predicts that the price at the pump will continue to rise:
“With increased demand and tighter gasoline supplies, we are looking at more expensive pump prices with little relief in the weeks ahead.”