Everyone likes to talk about Trump’s flip-flops, but let’s not forget about Hillary’s much longer list of flops.Let’s take her opinion on the coal industry, on which she’s contradicted herself within a period of months. Back in March, she echoed statements made by President Obama in the past (that he would bankrupt the coal industry), stating that “We’re gonna put a lot of coal miners and coal companies outta business.” The context was in response to a question regarding if she wants to move away from coal as an energy source.
Now that she’s campaigning in West Virginia, she’s changing her tune. As The Blaze reports:An unemployed coal miner in West Virginia confronted Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a campaign stop Monday for her remarks about putting coal miners “out of business.”
Bo Copley, 39, a father who recently lost his job, fought back tears as he asked Clinton “How you could say you are 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?”
“Those people out there don’t see you as a friend,” Copley said, referring to the crowd of West Virginians who had gathered to protest Clinton’s visit.
As for her excuse?
Clinton insisted that her remarks were taken out of context, but she apologized for her “misstatement.” (Which you can see at about the 2:35 mark in the video above)“And it was a misstatement, because what I was saying is that the way things are going now, we will continue to lose jobs.” Said Clinton. “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.”
But was it really out of context? Here’s a video and transcript of what she said:
“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?
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.”
So it’s pretty clear what she actually said, and not surprisingly “Asked by NBC if Clinton’s explanation had swayed his view of her, Copley said no.”
We weren’t convinced either.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]