Clintons Not Welcome in Middle America

West Virginians turn their backs on the First Couple — who turned their backs on them

Despite Hillary Clinton’s best (albeit desperate) attempts to appear “real” and “authentic” to Americans, Middle America isn’t falling for the facade — especially in the hills of Appalachia.

On Sunday, former President Bill Clinton campaigned for his wife in Logan, West Virginia, where the town’s mayor has said the pair are not welcome because of their anti-coal stance. Bill’s event was protested and his appearance was met with hecklers as he tried to appeal to voters in the Mountain State. The boos came as the former president tried to talk about communities in America that feel “left out and left behind.”

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Logan is a coal town that has been devastated by anti-coal policies and regulations, which delivered a crushing blow to its local economy. Logan’s mayor sent a letter to Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin outlining why the Clintons are not welcome in town. “The policies that have been championed by people like Mrs. Clinton have all but devastated our fair town, and honestly, enough is enough. We wish them the best in their campaign. However, we again state they are not welcome on our city properties.”

While appearing in March at a CNN town hall in Ohio, Clinton boasted of her anti-coal policies. “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business,” Clinton said. It was a clear shot at the coal industry, which was formerly the sustaining force in West Virginia. Over the last four years, more than 10,000 miners in West Virginia and neighboring eastern Kentucky have lost their jobs due to tightening environmental regulations and low coal prices, devastating the state. Not good news for Clinton as both West Virginia and Kentucky hold their nominating contests on this month.

Manchin, who has endorsed Hillary Clinton, appeared beside her husband at the event but only after he made his ire for the comment known. “I called her, and I said, ‘My God,'” said Manchin in a March interview. Clinton reached out to Manchin to let him know that her comments were mistaken, but Manchin knew that her comment would have serious consequences in the Mountain State and could even be used against him in the future.

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Despite significant losses, West Virginia was the third largest coal-producing state in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. However, according to a report from West Virginia University, the state’s annual coal output has declined from nearly 158 million short tons in 2008 to 115 million in 2014.

What’s more, in November Clinton released a $30 billion plan to help coal-dependent communities to become less coal-reliant as she pushes a clean renewable energy agenda. Her plan is to make federal investments that will help miners find a new line of work and new jobs — a nice touch, seeing as she is the one championing for their jobs to be taken away.

The plan is a classic example of the liberal “government knows best” attitude.

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