In a Monday press conference, Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., called out Joe Biden for failing to make America energy independent.
Specifically, the governor stated, “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.”
The governor was referring to Joe Biden’s recent trip to the Middle East, where he fist-bumped Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
As the governor noted, there are many opportunities domestically that would allow America to become energy independent, yet the administration intentionally refuses to take advantage of them.
As a result, Americans are suffering. For example, as the governor noted, gas prices in the State of Florida are still over $4 per gallon, the highest he has ever seen since living in the Sunshine State.
Although many Americans are struggling, Biden issued a series of tweets yesterday boasting about the reduction in gas prices:
“Gas prices have been dropping for 34 days straight, about 50 cents a gallon. That saves the average driver about $25 a month. I know those extra dollars and cents mean something. It’s breathing room. And we’re not done working to get prices even lower.”
In response to Biden’s tweets, many people pointed out that gas prices are $2 more per gallon than when Biden took office. Others, including the governor’s press secretary, Christina Pushaw, pointed to the fact that record-high inflation negates any alleged savings.
Finally, as reported by Townhall, one person tweeted:
“Brother, let me explain to you how this works. When gas goes from $2.50 to $5 in 3 months, and back down to $4.50 in 34 days, you don’t save any extra money. In fact, you’re still spending almost double what you were a few months ago.”
Before Biden took office, America was energy independent. Now, it is begging other countries for oil and gas and resorting to fist-bumps. As the governor correctly noted, it makes no sense.
Mr. Hakim is an attorney and columnist. His articles have been published in The Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller, The Federalist, American Thinker, and other online publications. He is also a regular guest on OANN’s Tipping Point, and has appeared on Newsmax, The Jenna Ellis Show, The Dave Weinbaum Show, and Real America’s Voice.