March 25, 2016

Prominent Clinton Supporter “Horrified” By Her Pledge To Eliminate Coal Mining Jobs

Yesterday, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Democratic Senator and prominent Clinton supporter Joe Manchin (D-WV) blasted Secretary Clinton’s comments pledging to “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business”:

Coal miners have been struggling in his home state and Mr. Manchin was so appalled he was prepared to cut political ties with the Democratic presidential front-runner.

“It was horrific,” he said in an interview Thursday.

Secretary Clinton’s gaffe-laden campaign has clearly started to get under the skin of her supporters. Senator Manchin endorsed Secretary Clinton a year ago but was so appalled by her derisive comments about the mining industry crucial to his home state of West Virginia that he reportedly told her if she really supported taking away mining jobs, “We can just part ways.”

Senator Manchin also worried that Secretary Clinton’s poor politicking would “reverberate up and down the ballot in West Virginia”:

Mrs. Clinton’s comments will be “plastered and re-plastered and used against her. It will be used against me and everybody else who has a ‘D’ by their name,” Mr. Manchin said.

“We’ve gone to more hardship and more poverty under this administration,” he said. “A lot of things have happened that doesn’t make the Democrats popular in the state of West Virginia on a national level.”

Senator Manchin may be “prepared to forgive” Clinton for her comments, but the voters whose mining jobs Clinton has so carelessly dismissed definitely should not.