White House economic adviser, Gary Cohn, recently made a shocking admission to the White House Press Pool, stating that coal miners are basically shit out of luck if they bought into Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric promising to bring their jobs back.
During the campaign, Trump saw an opportunity to shore up rural, uneducated working class white males in areas like, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky by making unrealistic promises and exploiting the angst that many coal miners felt against Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama’s positions on coal.
Clinton herself may have dug her own political grave with miners when she promised to “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”
Back in May 2016, Trump stood before rally filled with West Virginia coal miners and told them, “For those miners, get ready because you’re going to be working your asses off.”
However, here’s what Cohn just recently told reporters:
“Coal doesn’t even make that much sense anymore as a feedstock,” Gary Cohn said, aboard Air Force One on Thursday, referring to raw materials that get converted into a fuel.
Cohn, who’s also the director of the White House National Economic Council, sang the praises of natural gas calling it “such a cleaner fuel” that America has started to produce in abundance.
Although Trump doesn’t like to mention renewable energy in public, Cohn’s statements indicate that the administration may be leaning more in that direction as opposed to coal.
“If you think about how solar and how much wind power we’ve created in the United States, we can be a manufacturing powerhouse and still be environmentally friendly,” Cohn said.
It now seems, like so many of his other campaign promises, that Trump’s promise to end Obama’s so-called “War on Coal,” will fizzle and fade into the background right along side “lock her up” and destroying ISIS “fast.”
Trump’s a cartoon caricature who managed to convince people that his flaws made him one of them. Unfortunately, for coal miners and other Trump supporters, they only now slowly waking up to the reality of what they put in the White House.