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Clinton's Pledge To Put Coal Miners Out Of Business Prompts More Dem Disunity

- August 22, 2016

Today, West Virginia's Democrat Gubernatorial Nominee Announced That He "Cannot Be A Supporter Of Hillary Clinton"

West Virginia Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Justice: "I Cannot Be A Supporter Of Hillary Clinton." "The Democratic presidential nominee should expect no support from West Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial nominee ahead of the November 8 general election. 'I cannot be a supporter of Hillary Clinton,' Jim Justice, billionaire businessman and the leader of the Democratic ticket in West Virginia, said on Monday's MetroNews 'Talkline.'" (Shauna Johnson, "West Virginia's Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Is Not Backing Clinton," Metro News, 8/22/16)

Justice Cited Clinton's "Diametrically, Completely Wrong" Position On Coal As His Reason For Being Unable To Support Clinton

Jim Justice: "The Reason I Can't Be Is Her Position On Coal Is Diametrically, Completely Wrong In Many, Many Different Ways." (Shauna Johnson, "West Virginia's Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Is Not Backing Clinton,"Metro News, 8/22/16)

  • Justice Said That His Reason For Running "Is West Virginia And Our People In West Virginia," Which Would Contradict Supporting Clinton. "'My reason that I ran for governor was not the presidential race, my reason I ran for governor is West Virginia and our people in West Virginia,' Justice said. 'I don't need to be governor for me in any way, shape, form or fashion. I need to be governor for West Virginia.'" (Shauna Johnson, "West Virginia's Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Is Not Backing Clinton," Metro News, 8/22/16)

Justice: "Just Because We Have A Specific Person That's Running For The Highest Office In The Land Doesn't Mean That I'm Going To Just Rubber-Stamp It." "'Just because we have a specific person that's running for the highest office in the land doesn't mean that I'm going to just rubber-stamp it. I don't rubber-stamp anybody,' Justice said." (Shauna Johnson, "West Virginia's Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Is Not Backing Clinton," Metro News, 8/22/16)

Justice: "Everybody Had Their Heads Stuck In The Sand And Said, "It's Over.' I'm The One That Said, 'Wait A Minute. Full Stop. I'm Not Willing To Give Up On Our Miners. Full Stop.'" "'Everybody had their heads stuck in the sand and said, 'It's over.' I'm the one that said, 'Wait a minute. Full stop. I'm not willing to give up on our miners. Full stop,' Justice said. 'I'm the one that said, 'Really and truly, I believe there's good days in front of us as far as the metallurgical market''" (Shauna Johnson, "West Virginia's Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Is Not Backing Clinton," Metro News, 8/22/16)

clinton has been roundly rejected in west virginia following her pledge to "put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business"

Clinton Has Promised To "Put A Lot Of Coal Miners And Coal Companies Out Of Business" In Her Plans To Move Away From Coal-Produced Energy

At A March 2016 Debate, Clinton Discussed Her Coal Communities Plan, Saying It Was Needed Because "We're Going To Put A Lot Of Coal Miners And Coal Companies Out Of Business." CLINTON: "So for example, 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." (Hillary Clinton, CNN Democratic Presidential Candidate Town Hall , 3/13/16)

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Clinton Was Confronted By A Coal Miner At A Stop In West Virginia, Who Asked Her How She Could Pledge To Put Coal Miners And Companies Out Of Business "Then Come In Here And Tell Us How You're Going To Be Our Friend"

At A May 2016 Roundtable In West Virginia, A Coal Worker Named Bo Copley Showed Clinton A Picture Of His Family, Telling Her That "These Are The Kind Of People That You're Affecting." BO COPLEY: "The reason you hear those people out there saying some of the things that they say, is because when you make comments like 'we're going to put a lot of coal miners out of jobs,' these are the kind of people that you're affecting. [Shows Clinton a photo of his family] This is my family. And while my hope is in God, that's my future. I want my family to know that they have a future here in this state. Because this is a great state. I've lived my entire life here. West Virginians are a proud people. We take pride in our faith in God. We take pride in our family, and we take pride in our jobs. We take pride in the fact that we're hard workers." (Hillary Clinton, Roundtable Event At The Williamson Health And Wellness Center, Williamson, WV, 5/2/16)

Copley Confronted Clinton, Asking How She Could Pledge To Put A Lot Of Coal Miners And Coal Companies Out Of Business And "Then Come In Here And Tell Us How You're Going To Be Our Friend?" BO COPLEY: "Honestly, to call me a coal miner, although I'm in that industry, does a discredit to a lot of the men and women in the industry that actually mine because I, I'm a product of the economy being [inaudible] from my job, but I didn't actually work out in the field as much as others. I was a fill-in foreman, So, I did go out in the field to do that, but I was a maintenance planner, I planned maintenance on the equipment, our services and things. Things that you have to have to be able to mine the coal. You have to, you have to plan around your certain shifts, or your certain times of day that your best producer has to be worked on, so you don't want to do it in the middle of the prime shift. So those were the kind of duties that I had. You have to plan a time when that machine's not running at its normal peak operating time to repair it. I just, 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." (Hillary Clinton, Roundtable Event At The Williamson Health And Wellness Center, Williamson, WV, 5/2/16)

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Copley "Chided" Clinton For Claiming To Support Coal Workers Even Though Her Pledge To Put Miners Out Of Work "Has Been Widely Circulated In Coal Country." "Clinton was responding during a roundtable discussion to a question from Bo Copley, who said he lost his job in the coal industry. He chided her for sounding a supportive note toward coal at the start of the conversation in contrast to her March statement, which has been widely circulated in coal country." (Jennifer Epstein, "Clinton Walks Back Coal Remarks After Confrontation In West Virginia," Bloomberg , 5/2/16)

Copley Said He Was Giving Voice To The Protestors "Outside The Event Who Were Not Invited In." "Copley, who handed Clinton a photo of his children before he asked his question, told reporters afterward that he came to question the candidate as a way to speak for the people outside the event who were not invited in." (Dan Merica, "Hillary Clinton Apologizes For Coal Comments In West Virginia," CNN, 5/3/16)

Copley Did Not Buy Clinton's Apology, And Said That He Did Not Think He Would Vote For Clinton. "At the end of the event, after a face-to-face discussion with the woman most likely to win the Democratic nomination for president, Copley remained unconvinced. He didn't think he'd vote for Clinton, but wasn't sure who he would vote for. 'I want to know what we have to look forward to here in Southern West Virginia,' he said." (David Gutman, "Hillary Clinton Hears WV Concerns, Successes In Mingo County," Charleston [West Virginia] Gazette-Mail, 5/2/16)

Logan County Officials Rejected A Request For Clinton To Hold A Local Rally, Saying That "Bill And Hillary Clinton Are Simply Not Welcome In Our Town"

When Officials In Logan, West Virginia Were Contacted About Hosting A Hillary Clinton Rally, Their Answer Was "Hell No." "When officials in Logan, West Virginia, were contacted last week about hosting Hillary Clinton for a local rally, it didn't take long for them to respond with an answer: Hell no." (Daniel Strauss, "Clinton Haunted By Coal Country Comment," Politico, 5/10/16)

  • Letter From Logan Officials: "Bill And Hillary Clinton Are Simply Not Welcome In Our Town." "'Bill and Hillary Clinton are simply not welcome in our town,' they wrote in a letter to the office of Sen. Joe Manchin, whose office had inquired about the availability of local facilities." (Daniel Strauss, "Clinton Haunted By Coal Country Comment," Politico, 5/10/16)
  • Letter From Logan Officials: "Mrs. Clinton's Anti-Coal Messages Are The Last Thing Our Suffering Town Needs At This Point. The Policies That Have Been Championed By People Like Mrs. Clinton Have All But Devastated Our Fair Town, And Honestly, Enough Is Enough." (Daniel Strauss, "Clinton Haunted By Coal Country Comment," Politico, 5/10/16)

Clinton Lost The West Virginia Democrat Primary To Bernie Sanders By A Large Margin

Clinton Lost The West Virginia Democrat Primary To Sanders By 15 Percent. "In the 2016 May primary election, Clinton lost in the Mountain State to U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), 51 percent to 36 percent." (Shauna Johnson, "West Virginia's Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Is Not Backing Clinton," Metro News, 8/22/16)


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