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John Oliver's lump of coal for miners: Trump lies about jobs

John Oliver's lump of coal for miners: Trump lies about jobs

It's not the only problem coal miners face. "So that 50,000 new jobs claim is actually off by 48,700 - which for this administration, is actually uncharacteristically accurate".

It was a telling past interview that Trump gave to Playboy (1990) that underscored Trump's apparent insensitivity to the issue, as he was quoted as saying: "The coal miner gets black-lung disease, his son gets it, then his son".

A deep look into the reality of the coal industry was the main story for Last Week Tonight, and it's one that John Oliver handles with nuance and full acknowledgement of how coal is central to many communities.

President Donald Trump's pledge to revive America's struggling coal industry is doomed to join the list of other broken campaign promises - like listing China as a currency manipulator, to releasing his tax returns, and pledging to support medical marijuana. And because of that, Oliver believes Trump needs to be more truthful to the mining community. Trump has blamed Obama-era regulations for the declining coal industry even though the decline began decades ago, Oliver noted. "We all do", Oliver says.

"Trump needs to stop lying to coal miners". But most people don't have the imagination-or whatever-to leave their mine.

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In reality, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that, since previous year, the number of new coal jobs is actually 1,300.

"Okay, let me stop you right there", Oliver said. "And Trump didn't create them, he just remembered 12 times in his life he saw a lobster". "We all do. Stop telling them 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".

Oliver took a dive into the actions of the business moguls behind the coal industry, concentrating on Robert Murray, founder of Murray Energy. (Murray has denied this.) For this last point, Oliver brought out a squirrel of his own, who further mocked Murray.

"So as we have been explicitly told to cease and desist, let us do neither of those things and let's talk about Bob Murray".

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