John Oliver digs deep on Trump's promises to coal miners

Henrietta Brewer
June 20, 2017

"In fact, Murray's current general counsel told reporters that [the Akron Beacon Journal] had inflicted a potential economic loss of - and I am not making this up - $1 billion", says Oliver.

Oliver conceded that while coal jobs declined under President Obama, it was merely the continuation of a decades-long decline caused by a number of factors, including declining use and mechanization. He highlights the sharp dividing line between what's good for coal companies and what's good for actual miners.

The Last Week Tonight host called out the President over job figures, which he branded "bulls***", and said: "Trump needs to stop lying to coal miners". Oliver pointed out that when coal jobs go away in mining towns it's felt by the entire town, which Trump has been able to appeal to. "So that 50,000 new jobs claim was off by 48,700", Oliver said.

"The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the actual number of coal jobs created since a year ago has been just 1,300".

But there's a problem: He's got friends in high places in the world of coal.

Oliver said: "You know he [Trump] loves the miners so much, but there's not much evidence of that".

"If Trump really cares about miners, he would be putting a plan in place for their futures as mining continues its long-term decline, but he isn't doing that", Oliver said. But most people don't have the imagination-or whatever-to leave their mine. Oliver turned it into a joke about Trump's family wealth as well as the infamously unique texture of his hair.

The comedian just wants to see Trump start telling to the truth to miners because it's likely the jbos they once had will not be returning.

The segment came to a close with Oliver ignoring as cease a desist order from Murray Energy CEP Bob Murray, a Trump supporter. Good news, though: If Murray had never been spoken to by a talking squirrel before, Oliver and a special guest called Mr. Nutterbutter made sure he can now say in good faith he's heard it right from the squirrel's mouth. Stop telling them that their jobs are all coming back when they're not, stop telling them that coal is clean when it isn't, and stop pretending that this isn't an industry in the middle of a hard and painful, albeit necessary, transition.

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