By Julia Johnson
March 31, 2022
The Washington Examiner
Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears slammed President Joe Biden’s attempts to blame energy prices on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, saying “the American people aren’t stupid” and aren’t falling for it.
“They know that prices were rising from the day that he started,” Sears told the Washington Examiner after speaking at an event at American University in Washington, D.C., hosted by the AU College Republicans and the AU Network of Enlightened Women.
“We were a net exporter of energy before he came into office, and he changed all that. So this is pretty much squarely on his shoulders and the shoulders of Democrats.”
Of the president’s response to rampant inflation, Sears told the Washington Examiner, “We ought to continue to drill,” adding that “he should open the Keystone Pipeline.”
The lieutenant governor praised the president for news that he is releasing one-third of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve but said, “We should’ve replenished it when President Trump wanted to do so.”