During a press conference on Monday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) roasted President Joe Biden over high gas prices and his decision to beg Saudi Arabia to produce more oil.
DeSantis’ comments came following Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia last week. The president visited the Middle Eastern country in a desperate attempt to beg them to produce more oil to help lower gas prices as Biden and the Democrats appear poised for significant losses in the upcoming November midterm elections due to the economic devastation wrought by the Biden administration’s policies. Unfortunately for the Democrats, Biden failed to secure a commitment from the Saudis.
“How come it’s wrong to produce our own oil and gas here, but you can go to Saudi Arabia and fist bump to try to get it from Saudi?” DeSantis asked during the press conference. “I mean, it makes no sense that we wouldn’t do it. We have opportunities here to be energy independent and not have to worry about any of these other countries. And yet they’re intentionally not doing it and you can’t run a modern economy on windmills. You just can’t do it.”
“And so now we’re in a situation where they’re bragging that gas has gone down over the last however many weeks, it’s still over four bucks! Like I had never seen it over $4 in my whole life living here,” the Florida governor continued.
“It’s just when you’re cranking the printing presses, you’re making energy more expensive,” DeSantis added. “You know, that creates an upward pressure on all of this stuff. And so, the acceleration from May to June that we saw at the end of June, not only was — they said it wouldn’t happen, then they said it was a blip, and they said it would peak soon. It still didn’t peak even after that. And so that’s really making it difficult for a lot of people, you know, to make ends meet.
The governor went on to note that any gains the American people may have seen in their personal finances are likely “wiped out immediately with the Bidenflation.”
"How come it's wrong to produce our own oil and gas here, but you can go to Saudi Arabia and fist-bump to try to get it from Saudi? I mean, it makes no sense… We have the opportunities here to be energy independent." – @GovRonDeSantis today pic.twitter.com/lCeemGPGDt
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) July 18, 2022
When former President Donald Trump left office in January of 2021, gas prices averaged around $2.38 a gallon nationwide. Under the leadership of Joe Biden, the price more than doubled by mid-June of this year, hitting a record-high of over $5.00 per gallon. The national average has decreased slightly since then, currently sitting at around $4.50 according to AAA, which is still more than double from when Trump left the White House.
Biden has refused to take any responsibility for the historic high gas prices, skyrocketing inflation, or practically any other problem that has occurred during his presidency, instead placing the blame on others. The scapegoats for high gas prices have included Russian President Vladimir Putin and his invasion of Ukraine, corporate greed, and even privately owned gas stations.