President Joe Biden predicted a “sad, sad two years” would follow if Republicans were to gain control of Congress in the fast-approaching 2022 midterm elections.
Biden spoke to Democratic National Committee members at their winter meeting on Thursday evening, encouraging them to rally behind what he said was a “message that resonates” — “Build a better America” — and throw all of their enthusiasm and hard work into winning in November.
“If we don’t do that, don’t do that, it’s going to be a sad, sad two years. Think about Republicans if they controlled the Congress these last two years,” Biden said, adding, “I believe we have a record to be incredibly proud of … a message that resonates: Build a better America. Now we have to do the work. Now what we have to do is we have to sell it with confidence, clarity, conviction and repetition.”
The president also focused his remarks on Ukraine, touting his administration’s efforts to rally North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) nations against Russian President Vladimir Putin and his ongoing invasion.
As The Hill reported:
The president listed Ukraine as an issue for Democrats to run on, touting the unity of NATO and the U.S. against Russia’s ongoing invasion into its neighboring country and saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin has “failed to divide Democrats and Republicans.”
He also noted the record-high price of gas and called it “Putin’s price hike,” rhetoric that the White House has been using to discuss gas prices since Biden announced a ban on Russian energy imports earlier this week.
Biden also continued to blame Putin for the dramatically rising energy costs, repeating the phrase “Putin’s price hike” — as have a number within the Biden Administration —despite the fact that prices had already been rising steadily since Biden took office.
Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy challenged press secretary Jen Psaki directly on that point earlier in the week, asking whether the plan was simply for Democrats to blame Putin for everything until after the midterms.
As The Daily Wire reported:
“And so to that point, inflation goes up today. The President’s statement blames the ‘Putin Price Hike.’ Are you guys just going to start blaming Putin for everything until the midterms?” Doocy asked.
“Well, we’ve seen the price of gas go up at least $.75 since President Putin lined up troops on the border of Ukraine,” Psaki replied.
Doocy pressed Psaki on the same issue three days earlier, as The Daily Wire reported:
“It sound like you are blaming Putin for the increase in gas prices recently, but weren’t gas prices going up anyway because of post-pandemic supply chain issues?” Doocy asked.
Psaki pushed back — without addressing the earlier increases in gas prices — and pointing only to the most recent spike that coincided with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“Well, we’ve seen the price of gas go up at least $.75 since President Putin lined up troops on the border of Ukraine,” she said.