US Democratic Presidential aspirant, Hillary Clinton was on Monday confronted by a tearful unemployed father, Bo Copley, who recently lost his job as a coal worker.
Why? Hillary Clinton has plans to ‘put the coal industry out of business’.
The incident occurred at an event in West Virginia.
This followed Clinton’s recent comment at a CNN Town Hall meeting where she had 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 gonna put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business, right Tim?
And we’re gonna 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 gotta move away from coal and all the other fossil fuels, but I don’t wanna move away from the people who did the best they could to produce the energy that we relied on.
So, at the Monday event, Copley asked Clinton why voters should believe her pledge to help revitalize the region’s economy with initiatives including renewable energy.
He broke down as he slid over a photograph of his three young children to Clinton during the community round-table discussion, telling her he didn’t know how to explain to his children that he had lost his job as a coal worker.
‘Those people out there don’t see you as a friend.’
‘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?’
An emotional Clinton could not hold back as she apologized profusely, explaining that her prior comments were ‘a misstatement.’
‘What I was saying is that the way things are going now, we will continue to lose jobs. That’s what I meant to say.’
‘I can’t take it back, and I certainly can’t get people who, for political reasons or personal reasons, very painful reasons, are upset with me,’ she said.
‘I want you to know I’m going to do whatever I can to help no matter what happens politically.’
‘Whether or not West Virginia supports me, I’m going to support you.’