Shannon Sharpe Faces Backlash For Tweet Championing $20 A Gallon For Gas Over Having Trump As President
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 4: Football legend Shannon Sharpe attends the First Entertainment x Los Angeles Lakers and Anthony Davis Partnership Launch Event at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on March 4, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
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Retired NFL tight end Shannon Sharpe, a sports analyst on Fox Sports 1, faced backlash over the weekend for saying that he would rather pay $20 for a gallon of gas than have former President Donald Trump still in the White House.

“Anyone knows someone hiring that owns a gas station? You get a discount IF* you [work] at an establishment,” Sharpe wrote on Twitter on Saturday in a tweet that included a picture of gas pump where $118 was spent. “Do ppl still siphon off gas? It was a thing when I was a growing up.”

A random account on Twitter responded by asking Sharpe, “Shannon do you still hate Donald?”

“I’d rather pay 20 bucks a gallon than have Trump in office,” Sharpe responded. “Hope that answers your question.”

The following are some of the notable responses that Sharpe’s tweet garnered:

  • Nick Searcy, actor: “This is what rich a** kissing leftists like @ShannonSharpe are really like. They don’t give a damn about working people.”
  • Greg Gutfeld, Fox News: “Lucky you.”
  • Chris Barron, political strategist: “Ah yes s****ing on the poors to own the Trump supporters.”
  • Jeff Carlson, political commentator: “Literally the Democrats 2024 campaign slogan.”
  • Buzz Patterson, political commentator: “Shannon doesn’t care about poor people.”
  • Matthew Betley, political commentator: “Easy to say when you have millions.”
  • Gary Sheffield Jr., commentator: “The statement makes sense if you make millions of dollars. Given the average American makes roughly $45K/year, I don’t think this opinion holds up around the country. Hence the approval ratings both CNN and Fox News agree are in the gutter.”
  • Jesse Kelly: “Countless men have spent most of their adult lives trying to define communism and in the end it took a racist football player with the IQ of a gerbil to sum it up best.”
  • Will Ricciardella, Fox News: “Every conservative on Sunday: let’s watch football! When will Americans understand they’re making people who hate them rich?”
  • Caleb Howe, Mediaite: “Can’t … can’t we have neither?”
  • Jim Hanson, political commentator: “Rich jacka** fine w/ bankrupting sports fans Because mean tweets give him sadz.”
  • John Cardillo, political commentator: “Sharpe here earned $22.3 million in his NFL career, then made $3 million/year at Fox. He can afford the gas. The single mom driving to her second job to feed her kids cannot.”
  • Kurt Schlichter, attorney: “Loser.”
  • Arthur Schwartz, Republican strategist: “Democrats should adopt this messaging straight through the ‘24 elections.”
  • Mike Mason, political strategist: “I’ll take ‘things people with low IQ’s say’ for a thousand, Alex.”
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