Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that rising gasoline could alter the terrain of the upcoming U.S. presidential election, as he blasted the Oil and Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for driving up energy prices.
Trump, a vocal supporter of Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that voters are increasingly vulnerable to the ravages of higher gas prices. He put the blame squarely on OPEC’s (learn more) shoulders, and linked the cartel to President Barack Obama.
“You’re looking at gasoline with a five in front of it, that’s pretty bad,” said Trump, who once flirted with running for the GOP nomination, but now regularly heaps scorn on the Obama administration. “If it goes up much more I think you’re going to have a little bit of a revolution when it comes time to vote.”
“We have nobody to protect us against OPEC,” Trump told CNBC. “We have nobody that calls them, that sees them, and talks to them. They got greedy before the election, and they might lose their good friend Barack Obama.” (Read More: More OPEC Oil? Saudi Minister al-Naimi’s Vienna Jog May Provide Clues.)