In March, democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton made a bold promise that has sadly become all-too-common in liberal circles: she promised to wage war on traditional methods of fueling this nation’s energy needs and the hundreds of millions of Americans who rely on them for energy and their livelihoods.
At a Democrat townhall in March, Clinton sought to energize the crowd by pledging to “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” She remarked:
“I’m the only candidate which has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity using clean renewable energy as the key into coal country. Because we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business, right Tim?
And we’re going to make it clear that we don’t want to forget those people. Those people labored in those mines for generations, losing their health, often losing their lives to turn on our lights and power our factories.
Now we’ve got to move away from coal and all the other fossil fuels, but I don’t want to move away from the people who did the best they could to produce the energy that we relied on.”
Distanced from Prius-driving eco warriors she sought to impress just under a month ago, Clinton attempted on Monday to cozy to the hard-working Americans who rely upon those very same coal companies to put food on the table.
During a stop in West Virginia, Clinton was confronted by one of those oh-so-evil coal miners who has helped to provide the kind of “dirty” energy that meets two-thirds of our energy needs.
West Virginia coal miner Bo Copley questioned in a somber tone,
“I just want to know how you can say you’re going to put a lot of coal miners out of, out of jobs, and then come in here and tell us how you’re going to be our friend, because those people out there don’t see you as a friend.”
Copley referred to the scores of protesters who greeted Clinton with chants of “Go home!”
Clinton replied in the only way that she knows how: she insisted that what we all clearly heard her say was not what she said.
“I don’t know how to explain it other than what I said was totally out of context from what I meant, because I’ve been talking about helping coal country for a very long time,” Clinton said.
“And it was a misstatement, because what I was saying is that the way things are going now, we will continue to lose jobs. I didn’t mean that we were going to do it, what I said was, that is going to happen unless we take action to try to and help and prevent it.”
It’s simply unbelievable (even by politician standards) that someone can lie so casually.
When someone says, “We’re going to lose coal industry jobs,” that is a statement centered on concern over preserving jobs.
When someone says, “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business” to an enthusiastic crowd as the topic of conversation centered on promoting “green” energy, that is a statement centered on targeting the coal industry.
Predictably, the mainstream media is either completely neglecting this important discussion or, most shamefully, claiming that Clinton “apologized” for her previous statement– which is, of course, an outright lie.
Perhaps Mrs. Clinton is so far removed from real, honest-to-God work that she views those who work for a living to be sheer simpletons, but it’s insulting that her only go-to response to explain her hypocrisy and radicalism is to assert that her words have been twisted or otherwise misunderstood.
Unfortunately, we’ve arrived at a place in this country politically where this sorry excuse for a human being is being considered for the highest office in our nation.
She is a disgrace.