The New York Times reported Clinton’s feet were “held to the fire” in West Virginia, where one man “tearfully” discussed how he “lost his job in the coal industry” and is struggling to support his family. The Wall Street Journal added the man, Bo Copley, took Clinton’s boasts “personally”:
“I just want to know how you can say you’re going to put a lot of coal miners out of jobs and then come in here and tell us how you’re going to be our friend,” Mr. Copley said.
“Dozens” of people also protested Clinton’s visit, chanting “Hillary, go home.”
It may be difficult for Clinton to sell her message to coal miners because of her alignment with the Environmentalist Left and its insatiable desire to shut down coal mines around the country.
The NRDC Action Fund, whose GiveGreen program directs small donations to Clinton’s campaign, has a president who was “particularly influential” in the Obama EPA’s “carbon dioxide limits on coal plants.” The League of Conservation Voters, whose action fund endorsed Clinton in 2015, praised President Obama’s January decision to pause new coal leases as “great news.”
Clinton may pay lip service to struggling coal communities, but she has yet to disavow the extreme anti-coal rhetoric of environmental groups that are all in for her this year. Clearly those most affected by the anti-coal campaign are not buying Clinton’s empty apology.