In his main story on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver discussed Trump’s archaic commitment to the coal industry. Trump won big with coal country in last year’s election, touting himself as a working man’s man, despite living in gold penthouses.
But Oliver pointed out that Trump clearly doesn’t care about the environment. “He pulled out of the Paris agreement, citing coal as one of the reasons; he’s lifted a freeze on new coal leases on public lands; and revoked a rule to limit coal-mining companies from dropping debris into local streams, with miners behind him both times.”
Oliver also showed what Trump really feels about coal miners. In 1990 interview with Playboy, Trump said, “If I had been the son of a coal miner, I would have left the damn mines. But most people don’t have the imagination—or whatever—to leave their mine. They don’t have it.”
“And you know what? They certainly don’t have what Trump has—specifically, inherited wealth and hair like the wispy pubes of an aging yeti,” Oliver remarked.
“But the point here is: Trump needs to stop lying to coal miners. We all do. 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 painful—albeit necessary—transition. An honest conversation about coal and its miners needs to be had, and we should neither cease nor desist from having it.”