Showing Disdain For ‘Coal People’

Poor Bill Clinton. He has forgotten where he came from, and joined the chorus of liberal elites who believe folks from this part of the country are the last group it is socially acceptable to mock.

Speaking near Pittsburgh last week, Clinton got some laughs when he referred to “the coal people,” in West Virginia and eastern Kentucky, who “don’t like any of us any more,” and from whom Hillary Clinton has not gained an ounce of support. The crowd in western Pennsylvania (which is also coal country, by the way) hooted with delight as Bill waved his hands and reminded “they all voted for me. I won twice and they did well.”

“They” have suffered mightily at the hands of the Obama administration — of which Hillary Clinton was a part — and her husband knows it. “They” heard President Barack Obama make fun of those who are “bitter” and “cling to their guns or religion” and then heard Hillary Clinton promise to carry on and ramp up the Obama agenda by putting “a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”

Bill Clinton belittled “the coal people” even more by saying, “They blame the president when the sun doesn’t come up in the morning, now.”

Well, sir, the folks in West Virginia and eastern Kentucky have seen what a president can do to them. Incidentally, so have the people of Arkansas. Since 2007, Arkansas, the Clintons’ home state, has brought two new coal-fired power plants online. National Geographic magazine has described Arkansas as “coal-dependent,” and, in the light of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, facing a “bleak” situation.

That does not bother the Clintons. They left “coal people” far behind when they set out for Washington, D.C., and New York. Certainly their message of unity and tolerance rings hollow when they use mockery and threats to help one group of people pretend they are superior to another.

But “coal people” are more than just a few hundred thousand in a pocket of Appalachia. We are millions upon millions all across this country, and Hillary Clinton is foolish to dare us to hold her accountable for what we have endured.


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