It was recently announced that the White House would be “briefing” TikTok influencers on the Russia/Ukraine conflict in an effort to spread its narrative on high fuel prices. Though gas prices were already prior to the escalation of the Ukraine-Russia conflict, the White House is blaming it all on Putin.
The White House told the TikTok influencers who were invited on the zoom call to blame the high gas prices on Putin. pic.twitter.com/qBCEA6r2C7
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) March 14, 2022
This video is courtesy of TikTok influencer Ellie Zeiler, who has 10.5 million followers on the platform.
Zeiler mentioned that she talked to White House officials about the issue, and they explained the causes. “We’re getting out of a two-year pandemic. When use goes up, price goes up.” Zeiler echoed. She then mentioned that her call with the White House covered the situation in Ukraine and how that impacted things here in America. “Now with Putin starting this horrific fight between Ukraine and Russia, nobody wants to work with him and do international trade”.
The messaging on high gas prices and inflation has been consistent among Biden and his allies, as well as in the corporate press. Now, this message is being repeated across many different platforms and targeting those outside of the cable news audience.