Former President Donald Trump has criticized President Joe Biden for lowering gas prices. Trump claimed the cut was a politically motivated ploy. “Right after the election, it’s going to double and go higher than anyone ever believed,” Trump said. Something is loading.
Former President Donald Trump, while in Ohio rallying support for Republican Senate candidate JD Vance, criticized President Joe Biden for the recent drop in national gas prices.
Speaking at the 7,000-seat Covelli Center in Youngstown, Trump – who himself plotted to overturn the 2020 election – claimed lowering gas prices is a ploy Biden is using to political purposes.
In a tweet, the White House recognized Saturday as the 95th day that gasoline prices have steadily declined since hitting record highs earlier this year. According to the White House, the national average for a gallon of gasoline is $3.68.
The administration — and Biden himself — claimed the price drop is the biggest drop in more than a decade. Insider was unable to independently verify the claim.
—The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 17, 2022
Trump criticized Biden for entering the United States Strategic Petroleum Reserve to release crude in an effort to relieve excessive gas prices when the reserve was “only for war”. But Trump did the same during his administration when Saudi Arabia’s crude output dropped dramatically following attacks on its production facilities, according to CNBC.
“He’s using that to keep prices as low as possible right before the election and right after the election it’s going to double and go higher than anyone ever thought possible,” Trump said at Saturday’s rally.
—Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) September 18, 2022
Trump claimed the current average is still “double and triple” what it was under his administration.
The Associated Press reported the national average was as low as $1.87 per gallon in May 2020, but the outlet attributed the low cost primarily to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
As the crowd cheered during Trump’s rant about the current state of gas prices, some supporters didn’t seem too bothered.
When a Right Side Broadcasting Network interviewer pushed a woman in a pro-Trump hat to say the gas prices for her 5.5 hour drive were bad, the woman disagreed .
“It wasn’t too bad,” the supporter said of the gas prices.
—Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) September 17, 2022
A Trump spokesperson did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.