Former President Donald Trump ripped President Joe Biden up and down over rising gas prices under his administration Thursday, indicating that when he was in office, the price of traveling for drivers was much more affordable.
The former president touted the fact that fuel prices under his administration were under $2, which is a cost that is not seen that often anymore under the current president.
“With Memorial Day Weekend coming up, tomorrow people start driving in the biggest automobile days of the year. I’m sorry to say the gasoline prices that you will be confronted with are far higher than they were just a short number of months ago where we had gasoline under $2 a gallon,” Trump stated in his most recent tweemail. “Remember as you’re watching the meter tick, and your dollars pile up, how great of a job Donald Trump did as President.”
Trump then went on to talk about the loss of the country’s energy independence, saying that both Russia and the Middle East will capitalize on the increase in prices.
“Soon Russia and the Middle East will be making a fortune on oil, and you will be saying how good it was to have me as your President,” he went on to say. “Wasn’t it great to be energy independent, but we are energy independent no more. Shame, shame, shame. Other than that, have a great Memorial Day Weekend!”
With Memorial Day around the corner, demand for gasoline has risen 43% compared to the same time period last year, as people in the U.S. are expected to shell out $1.18 billion in fuel over the next five days, according to GasBuddy. Several states are still reeling after the Colonial Pipeline’s operations were halted via a cyberattack from the criminal enterprise DarkSide on May 6.
Top brass at Colonial have since restarted operations after paying a nearly $5 million bounty to the group, though shortages on the East Coast remain an issue. As of Monday, Washington, D.C., reported that 55% of its pumps were without gas, while South Carolina had a 28% shortage and North Carolina was experiencing 25% of its stations without fuel, according to updates from GasBuddy.
Shortages of fuel were also noted in states such as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. Over 6,600 gas stations had no fuel on hand.
At the peak of the crisis, earlier in the month, there were some states that reported having 70 percent shortages. That speaks for itself, right?