Conservatives Hammer George Takei For Telling Americans To ‘Endure’ Higher Food, Gas Prices To Hurt Putin
Actor George Takei speaks onstage during the 'Pioneers of Television, Season 4, "Acting Funny", "Breaking Barriers", "Doctors and Nurses", and "Standup to Sitcom" ' panel discussion at the PBS portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at Langham Hotel on January 21, 2014 in Pasadena, California.
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Former “Star Trek” actor and left-wing activist George Takei received a verbal smackdown from Twitter users after he claimed that Americans could bear the brunt of rising food and gasoline prices in order to stick it to Vladimir Putin.

“Americans: We can endure higher prices for food and gas if it means putting the screws to Putin. Consider it a patriotic donation in the fight for freedom over tyranny,” Takei wrote on Twitter Friday evening.

Twitter users immediately fired back.

“Hey rich guy, you can endure this, but us working class people, this is crushing us. But what do you [care] looking down your nose at the people who make your world run…” podcaster Britt Griffith replied, including a photo of a gas station with prices in the $6 range.

“We can endure higher prices for food and gas. But some can endure them more easily than others,” lawyer and YouTube commentator Viva Frei said, including a screenshot of Takei’s apparent $14 million net worth.

“Many American and veteran[s] live paycheck to check barely surviving now,” veterans’ nonprofit Code of Vets tweeted in response. “This post is out of touch with the average American.”

“You really wanna put the screws to Putin? Get Biden out of office,” Matt’s Idea Shop tweeted. “There was a time when we had Putin under control AND low gas prices. But you were too busy screaming about ‘Russian collusion’ for three years to even notice.”

Even left-wing users took issue with Takei’s comments:

Other responses are as follows:

Takei’s comments come amidst a massive surge in the price of gas. The Daily Wire reported Friday that the national average price for a gallon of gas rose 11 cents overnight, to a national average of $3.83 per gallon. The state of California has seen prices surge above $5 per gallon, while prices in the city of Syracuse, New York, soared to the highest in 10 years, and prices in the state of Michigan skyrocketed up 39 cents in the course of a week. Inflation has also dramatically increased to the highest level in 40 years, 7.5% annually, with food inflation up 7% year-over-year.

GasBuddy Chief Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan predicted the surge in a press conference last week, warning that the Russian invasion of Ukraine would drive up prices, while other factors such as increased demand and the switch to more-expensive summer blend gas would drive prices even higher. DeHaan also warned that increased prices at the pump would also mean higher prices in other sectors of the economy. “Gasoline prices are going up, diesel prices will go up, jet fuel prices will go up, and that means logistics, transporting goods, all of those prices will go up,” he said. “Airline tickets could go up. The price of anything delivered via truck, goods to the grocery store will see an increase. And services that rely on gasoline, whether that be things like Uber and Lyft and Instacart, you may see fuel surcharges tacked on those services in the coming days and weeks as well, as gas prices are likely to stay high.”

Takei’s comments echoed sentiments first espoused by President Joe Biden. At a press conference shortly after the news that Russia had invaded Ukraine, Biden admitted that the sanctions levied on the Russian economy would have an adverse effect on American consumers. “As I said last week, defending freedom will have costs for us as well, here at home,” Biden said. “We need to be honest about that.” Yet Biden halted construction of the Keystone XL pipeline on his first day in office, and has suspended new leases for oil and gas drilling on federal lands while a pending legal challenge works its way through federal courts. That has prompted calls from Congressional Republicans and even Democratic West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, to revitalize domestic oil production.

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