Gas station owners hit back after Biden blames them for high prices: 'So untethered from reality'

“I was pretty annoyed that [Biden] would make the suggestion that it’s the corner gas station, the quintessential small business of America that is causing this problem,” he told Fox News’ Jesse Watters on Tuesday night.

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 22:  Customers purchase gasoline at a Marathon gas station on May 22, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Marathon Petroleum Corp. has agreed to purchase Hess gasoline stations for $  2.6 billion. The acquisition will expand Marathon Petroleums retail presence from nine to 23 states.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL – MAY 22:  Customers purchase gasoline at a Marathon gas station on May 22, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Marathon Petroleum Corp. has agreed to purchase Hess gasoline stations for $ 2.6 billion. The acquisition will expand Marathon Petroleums retail presence from nine to 23 states.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The former gas station owner went further, saying Biden’s statements are “so untethered from reality” that he alleges the president either misspoke or lacks understanding of how the pricing process works.

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“[Gas station owners] are not making any more than they were a month ago, a month before, or even a year ago,” Risalvato said, arguing that store owners have no control over the price uptick. 

Two other small business owners expressed their frustration with Biden on “Fox & Friends First” Wednesday, including Pennsylvania gas station owner Faizan Sarwar, who was quick to discredit Biden’s claims as well.

“[Gas prices] are hurting us in a lot of ways possible. We really don’t have any type of control on these gas prices at all especially when these fuel companies actually email us with what’s going to be next,” he said.

Sarwar added that gas stations actually incur losses since they are unable to lower prices on their own and shared that he is teaming up with conservative political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity to help bring down the price of gas at his station to pre-Biden levels at $ 2.38 per gallon.

Joe Ferri, owner of “Joey’s The Edge” tavern in Pennsylvania, also worked to combat President Biden’s economic policies by teaming up with Americans for Prosperity to bring free drinks to customers and highlight how much the president’s policies are harming Americans.

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