Pete Buttigieg: 'Pain' of High Gas Prices Increases 'Benefit' for Electric Car Owners
Biden's transportation secretary gloats of upside for wealthy electric vehicle owners
Democrat Joe Biden's Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has told American families struggling with high gas prices that they should be grateful because their "pain" is increasing the "benefit" for wealthy electric car owners.
During his testimony before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday, Buttigieg gloated that people who own expensive electric vehicles are escaping the worry of high gas prices.
Republican Rep. Carlos Giménez (R-FL) questioned Buttigieg about the efficiency of electric vehicles, which are owned by rich celebrities and Washington D.C. Democrat elites such as AOC.
"You would agree that the higher the price of gas, the faster you reach that parity?" asked Giménez.
"Of course, the more pain we are all experiencing from the high price of gas, the more benefit there is for those who can access electric vehicles.
"That's why we're hoping you and your colleagues might reconsider opposing the reduction of EV upfront prices and tax credits."
"So you're saying the more pain we have, the more benefit we're gonna get? I think that's what I heard you say," Giménez asked.
Buttigieg then tried to convince Giménez not to believe his lying ears and attempted to deny making the statement he made just a few seconds earlier, on the record.
"No! That's what you heard me say?" Buttigieg laughed nervously.
"I know you want me to say it so bad, but honestly sir, what we're saying is that we could have no pain at all by making EVs cheaper for everybody.
"And we'd love to have your support on that."
Giménez emphasized the point by retweeting the video of Buttigieg's comments from his official social media account.
"The Biden Administration's all-out assault on American energy serves one purpose: it is a deliberate attempt to force electric vehicles onto Americans by hurting you and your paychecks," he tweeted.
"Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told me himself in today's T&I hearing."
Buttigieg was also grilled on the implication he made that people could buy an electric car in order to avoid high gas prices.
Many on the left praised Buttigieg for a veiled insult he made against President Donald Trump during the hearing when one Republican asked him about Biden's mental competence in the Oval Office.
Pete Buttigieg is grilled by Rep. Gimenez over the costs associated with buying an electric vehicle:— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) July 19, 2022
"The more pain we are all experiencing from the high price of gas, the more benefit there is for those who can access electric vehicles." pic.twitter.com/qmDlkbcjdR