Republicans scoffed at outraged claims that the government was pro-gas stoves

Republicans are being ridiculed over panicked claims that President Joe Biden’s administration plans to confiscate gas stoves.

Outrage erupted this week after Richard Trumka Jr., a Biden-appointed commissioner of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), said in an interview with Insider that a ban on gas stoves because of the cooking appliances’ pose “on the table” there is a “hidden danger” to health.

CPSC Chairman Alexander Hoehn-Saric said in a statement on Wednesday that while the agency was looking at ways to mitigate “hazards to indoor air quality” from emissions from the stoves, he “did not want to ban gas stoves and the CPSC has no process to do so.” .”

Trumka also dismissed claims that stoves were being confiscated soon after the backlash began, and pointed to this in one tweet on Monday that any potential new regulations would apply only to new products and that the “CPSC is not coming for anyone’s gas stoves.”

Republicans mocked Joe Biden's gas stove ban
President Joe Biden is pictured laughing during the White House Correspondents Association Gala in Washington, DC on April 30, 2022. A gas stove burns under a pot on the left, while Republican Representative Ronny Jackson of Texas is pictured on the right. Inset, looks worried. Jackson is one of several Republicans who have recently cracked down on the Biden administration over claims that the administration was coming over gas stoves.
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A significant number of Republican politicians seized on the notion that Biden would “come for the ovens” anyway, and many took to social media to express their outrage.

“I will NEVER give up my gas stove,” said Rep. Ronny Jackson, a Republican from Texas. tweeted on Tuesday. “If the maniacs in the White House come for my stove, they can steal it from my cold, dead hands.”

“Democrats come for your kitchen appliances” tweeted Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas. “Your desire to control every aspect of your life knows no bounds — including how you make your breakfast. You just can’t help it.”

“@JoeBiden, stay away from our gas stoves!!!!” tweeted Republican Representative Byron Donalds of Florida. “If you know EVERYTHING about cooking, there’s nothing like cooking on a gas stove. Democrats want to ban gas stoves. Republicans want to LET YOU IN ALL.”

The Republican outrage soon became the subject of ridicule from others on social media.

“Ronny, please remember to turn off the gas stove or they’re going to have a pretty easy time,” said comedian Brian Gaar tweeted at Jackson.

“YOU CAN LIFT MY GAS STOVE OUT OF MY COLD DEAD (FROM ASTHMA) HANDS.” tweeted Journalist and voice actress Chelsey Coombs.

“If you have cold, dead hands, maybe the gas stove wasn’t working so well,” said political scientist Don Moynihan tweeted.

“Gas stoves can cause asthma in children. Me: Interesting, logical, maybe a reason to phase them out in the long term.” tweeted Writer Arieh Kovler. “US Right: The Woke Communist Dems will steal your gas stove so you’ll be forced to eat BUGS, leading to mass depopulation and, ahem, social credit?!”

“The gas stove controversy is another validation of my big idea: every government agency should keep a MAGA guy on hand and ask him ‘this is how this idea is going to sound crazy to people’ before rolling it out,” said journalist David Weigel tweeted.

“I find the gas stove thing so funny because even if the study found out that 97% of cancers were caused by them, the right wing would react exactly the same way.” tweeted Podcaster Kyle Kulinski.

“Defend my guns with my gas stove,” comedian David Cross tweeted.

“Did you know that prolonged exposure to NO2 from gas stoves is associated with decreased cognitive performance,” said New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted at Jackson after suggesting the White House could “pick up” his oven.

Jackson later fired back at Ocasio-Cortez, tweet a photo that appears to show her near a gas stove and comments: “As a doctor, I can tell you this: what’s wrong with your head WILL NOT be caused by stoves. Something MUCH BIGGER is causing your decreased cognitive function!”

Republicans weren’t the only ones who were outraged by the alleged ban on gas cookers. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia called the alleged plan “a recipe for disaster,” while claiming that “the federal government has nothing to do with telling American families how to cook their dinner,” in a tweet.

“Sir, just stop gaslighting,” comedy writer Nimrod Kamer tweeted in reply to Manchin.

Some, including Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, have also suggested that first lady Jill Biden is a hypocrite by sharing a photo of her cooking with a gas stove in 2020, although there is no evidence that the first Lady supported a ban on gas stoves.

There also appears to be no evidence that the president himself favors a ban on gas stoves, with White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre specifically saying on Wednesday that Biden does not support such a ban.

“The President does not support a ban on gas stoves,” Jean-Pierre said during a briefing. “And the independent Consumer Product Safety Commission does not ban gas stoves. I just want to be very clear about that.”

Though there are no plans to ban gas stoves, Republican Congressman Bill Huizenga of Michigan introduced legislation on Wednesday that would prevent the government from banning gas stoves. It is called the Stop Trying to Obsessively Vilify Energy (STOVE) Act.

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