In May of 2016, Hillary Clinton thought she had the presidential election in the bag. The media told her she’d win. The pundits said she’d win. It was a done deal. So, knowing that, Hillary had no problem running around saying the following about coal.
From Weekly Standard:
Hillary Clinton told a CNN town hall in Ohio that “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”
It was a remarkably out of touch statement.
That statement was part of the reason that Trump broke the blue wall and won the Rust Belt states that no one thought he would. Ohio and Pennsylvania are places where coal is a critically important industry. Hillary and Obama wanted to destroy the industry. Trump wanted to reinvent it.
Clearly, the voters picked Trump.
Democrats have been running around pretending that the American people are regretting making Trump president.
That’s not true.
Don’t take my word for it.
Listen to what the Trump voters in coal country are saying.
Junior Stacy, the part-owner of a mine that opened in March, says Trump’s deregulation has bolstered investor confidence. The day after Trump’s election, he called his future business partner and said he felt the climate was right for them to go into business. Stacy has been in the mining business for 45 years and believes this could be the start of a mining renaissance.
“If Trump hadn’t got elected, I wouldn’t have done it,” he said. “I took a big chance, but it’s working out.”
Between 75-100 mining jobs have been added in McDowell since January, according to McDowell County Commissioner Cecil Patterson. In a state where the average West Virginia household earns $42,019, (compared to the national median income of $55,775), coal jobs pay better than most.
“We don’t have any other industry,” Patterson said. “It puts you kind of in a box where you have to vote for the way you make your living.”
Alba Coleman, a Democrat and retired miner, doesn’t buy the president’s jobs rhetoric, but understands his appeal in McDowell.
“A lot of the people here say that he sounds just like us,” Coleman said. “He says the stuff that these people want to say.”
Make sure you go back and read the whole Circa piece but it really speaks volumes.
Obama did everything he could to kill coal jobs when he was in charge.
From The Daily Caller:
This Labor Day, America has 83,000 fewer coal jobs and 400 coal mines than it did when Barack Obama was elected in 2008, showing that the president has followed through on his pledge to “bankrupt” the coal industry.
A 2015 study found the coal industry lost 50,000 jobs from 2008 to 2012 during Obama’s first term. During Obama’s second term, the industry employment in coal mining has fallen by another 33,300 jobs, 10,900 of which occurred in the last year alone, according to federal data. Currently, coal mining employs 69,460 Americans, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Much of the blame for the job losses is targeted at federal regulations aimed at preventing global warming, which caused coal power plants to go bankrupt, resulting in a sharp decline in the price of coal.
The voters didn’t forget about that.
Trump’s base isn’t abandoning him. Don’t listen to the media.
[Note: This post was written by Andrew Mark Miller]