Former Vice President and current GOP presidential candidate Mike Pence was blasted by conservatives on social media this week over a video at a gas station that showed him appearing to fill up the tank of a pickup truck while criticizing the Biden administration.
“Remember $2 gallon gas? I do,” the Indiana Republican said to the camera as he worked the gas pump. “And then Joe Biden became president of the United States and launched his war on energy.”
But the video, seen over a million times and meant to promote his energy independence plan, was mocked by many on social media who pointed out a beeping noise could be heard in the background that suggested he wasn’t actually filling up the tank.
“How can this dipstick fix our energy independence when he can’t even push the button that chooses which octane gas he wants to make the ‘beeping’ sound stop?!” comedian Rob Schneider tweeted.
— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) August 9, 2023
“Has he never pumped his own gas before?” political commentator Steven Crowder tweeted.
Has he never pumped his own gas before? https://t.co/8XdqVb09Vl
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) August 9, 2023
You forgot to select the fuel type, that is why it is beeping in the background. An easy mistake to make if you have lived in a bubble your whole life. https://t.co/1dWEzr7hB1
— RAMZPAUL (@ramzpaul) August 8, 2023
Mike Pence shows he doesn’t know how to pump gas in his new commercial…
He never selects a grade and the pump keeps beeping…
It’s about as cringe as you’d imagine. pic.twitter.com/wbesuNWScI
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) August 9, 2023
Mike Pence doesn’t know how to pump gas much less fix America’s energy issues.
Pick the octane Mike. The beeping will stop. pic.twitter.com/sg3yfke5sN
— Chad Prather (@WatchChad) August 9, 2023
WATCH: Fmr. VP Mike Pence pretends to fill up a pickup truck with gas in campaign ad — but forgot to select the fuel grade pic.twitter.com/Ib27vHYYr2
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 8, 2023
Pence has no clue how to pump gas. Who thought this was a good idea? 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/skgxSsSFTb
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) August 8, 2023
The Pence campaign announced Monday that it has met the requirements to participate in the first GOP presidential nomination debate that will be aired on Fox News later this month.
The campaign crossed the 40,000-donor threshold, which is one of two criteria set by the Republican National Committee (RNC) for GOP White House hopefuls to reach the debate stage. Pence had already passed the polling threshold mandated by the RNC.