Hollywood star Bette Midler is facing a backlash after mocking Americans struggling with skyrocketing gas prices.
She joins a growing list of wealthy elites and celebrities who are slamming hard-working citizens who complain about the high prices.
Midler shared a post on social media Sunday that has a photo of a person riding in the back of a Ford pick-up truck with an American flag and a Trump flag.
The caption said: “You bought the gas guzzling truck.
“Go ahead and whine about gas prices.
“I swear I am listening.”
She wasn’t the only one telling Americans to go pound sand over the gas prices, however.
Former NFL star turned TV personality Shannon Sharpe said to one fan who dared question the high prices: “I’d rather pay 20 bucks a gallon than have Trump in office.
“Hope that answers your question.”
It may be funny to Hollywood’s multimillionaires but Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is not laughing.
She just announced a plan to give away $7.5 million in pre-paid gas cards for motorists getting crushed by high prices.
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) April 3, 2022
I’d rather pay 20 bucks a gallon than have Trump in office. Hope that answers your question https://t.co/zdL1hgZ17P
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) April 3, 2022
From Illinois Policy:
The relief plan the mayor dubbed “Chicago Moves” would offer $7.5 million in prepaid gas cards to motorists and $5 million in prepaid mass transit cards over four months to winners of a citywide rolling lottery.
The shift in tactics comes after the City Council Finance Committee abruptly canceled a hearing last week on Lightfoot’s plan to reduce the city’s gas tax from 8 cents a gallon to 5 cents.
The proposed tax break would have saved an estimated $18 million at the pump through the end of 2022.
The lottery will offer 50,000 prepaid gas cards worth $150 each starting in May through the summer in anticipation of persisting high prices at the pump.
The cards will be valid at gas station within city limits for one year.
The city will also raffle 75,000 Ventra cards with a $50 value to “CTA-utilizing residents in low-income neighborhoods.”
An additional 25,000 cards will be distributed citywide.
To qualify for the lotteries, motorists must be a Chicago resident 18 or older with an individual income less than $91,000 or less than $140,000 for a family of four.
Gas card seekers must also have purchased a valid $96 city sticker.