An MSNBC guest demanded that many Americans stop complaining about high gas prices because many others are faring much worse economically.
Errin Haines commented on a proposed gas tax exemption with Chris Jansing on his MSNBC show on Wednesday.
“You know, I’m just gonna say this and if I get caught for this, I don’t care,” the 19News editor said.
“There are a lot of Americans who are uncomfortable spending more, but they’re not going to sink. You have to stop complaining when there are so many people who literally, the rate of inflation means that they may only have two meals instead of three,” Haines continued.
“There are Americans who have done extremely well in the last two years in the market. You still have your job. And yes, it costs you more for gas, but guess what, you’re still going to take those vacations, those 4th of July holiday, you could until I eat out,” Haines added.
“Then I’m going to need you to calm down and step back,” she said.
“Because it fuels that fear, and that fear fuels people making decisions that create the very thing they’re afraid of!” she concludes.
President Joe Biden was expected to call for a gas tax exemption to relieve Americans at the pumps, but economists and others have criticized the policy’s relatively infinitesimal effect.
“A federal gas tax suspension won’t on its own solve the problem we face, but it will give families some breathing room as we continue to work to bring prices down over the long term,” he said. a senior administration official said of the proposal.
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia strongly criticized the plan, signaling that it would not have enough support in the US Senate to defeat Republican opposition.
On Tuesday, ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods predicted that the global gas market would continue to remain “tight” and lead to high gasoline prices for years.
“How that manifests in price will obviously be a big function of demand, which is hard to predict,” he added.
Here is the video of Haines’ comments on MSNBC: