May 2, 2016

Clinton’s Notorious Coal Comments Continue To Haunt Her Appalachian Efforts

Back in March, Hillary Clinton infamously stated on CNN that, if elected, she was going to “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” Now with the Kentucky and West Virginia primaries approaching, Clinton is returning to Appalachia. Yet the only thing on people’s minds ahead of Clinton’s visit is the awful reception she can expect due to her unforgettably tone-deaf comments:

Wall Street Journal: “Mrs. Clinton, though, arrives in coal country with some explaining to do after appearing to blithely predict that coal jobs would be lost under her presidency… Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.), who had endorsed her, was so upset by the comment that he said he was prepared to cut political ties with Mrs. Clinton over the matter. ‘I called her,’ the senator said in a March interview. ‘I said, ‘My God.’”

WKYT: “Clinton has been heavily criticized for previous comments in which she said her policies would put coal companies out of business. She has since said those comments were mistakes, and that she is standing by coal communities.”

WVAH: “The Democratic presidential candidate’s visit comes several months after she made remarks that sparked controversy in the heart of coal country. In March, she was criticized widely when she declared on national television that she was going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”

Clinton even got a preview of what she can expect this week with Bill Clinton’s stop in West Virginia over the weekend. The former President received a “chilly reception,” in which protesters repeatedly booed his remarks.

The furor over Clinton’s coal comments is also not likely to fade any time soon. Officials in one West Virginia town were so incensed by Clinton’s comments, that they sent a message to Senator Joe Manchin’s office saying the former First Couple were “simply not welcome in our town”:

“Local news station WVNS reported on Saturday that Logan officials sent Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-W. Va.) office an email last week protesting the Clinton campaign’s outreach there. ‘Bill and Hillary Clinton are simply not welcome in our town,’ they wrote to Mike Browning, a representative in Manchin’s office. ‘Mrs. Clinton’s anti-coal message are the last thing our suffering town needs at this point,’ the message added.”