Biden White House rolls out TikTok stars to point finger at Putin for skyrocketing gas prices

If the Biden administration could run the country as well as they manage propaganda, it’s safe to suggest that President Biden wouldn’t be experiencing record-low approval numbers.

Despite the fact that gas prices have been rising since Biden took office, Democrats were quick to seize on the Russian invasion of Ukraine to push the “Putin price hike” narrative to help offset polling that showed soaring prices at the pump as a chief concern of the American people — a poll out this week showed that 70 percent of people disapprove of Biden’s handling of rising prices.

In furtherance of the campaign to blame Vladimir Putin, the White House “tapped teenage TikTok influencers last week to coordinate messaging,” Fox News reported, and a subsequent product of that effort was a video from 18-year-old Ellie Zeiler, who has more than 10 million followers on TikTok, blaming gas prices largely on the Russian president.

“Why is gas so expensive, and why is the United States inflation rate at a four-time decade high?” Zeiler asks in the video. “I had the opportunity to ask the White House why gas down the street is $7 and here’s what they said.”

She said the first, “obvious reason,” is that prices go up as usage goes up, which is what Zeiler said is happening as the COVID-19 pandemic winds down and people begin traveling again.

“But the call was predominantly about Ukraine and Russia, so how does that relate?” she continued. “Russia is one of the top three producers of oil and it is actually their No. 1 revenue source. Now, with Putin starting this horrific fight between Ukraine and Russia, nobody wants to work with him and do international trade.”

“So, with people being scared of war and limited resources, prices go up,” Zeiler then explained.

Zeiler was among a group of  30 TikTok stars to participate in a March 10 Zoom meeting with White House officials and National Security Council staffers, according to the Washington Post.

Gen-Z for Change, a coalition of 500+ progressive creators and activists, tweeted that the briefing was “on the U.S.’ strategic goals in Ukraine so we’re better able to debunk misinformation.”

Here’s a quick sampling of how the latest Biden administration propaganda campaign is going over online:


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