John Oliver says Donald Trump 'needs to stop lying to coal miners'

John Oliver Exposes Donald Trump's Biggest Lie About Coal Jobs

John Oliver Exposes Donald Trump's Biggest Lie About Coal Jobs

But that shouldn't bother Trump too much since he seems more interested in helping mining CEO's get rich than helping miners, who are often little more than tools to leverage concessions from the government.

"He's lifted a freeze on new coal leases on public lands and revoked a rule to limit coal mining companies from dumping debris into local streams with miners behind him both times...so if coal jobs are so important to him let's talk about them and let's begin with a number because it's smaller than you might think".

However, Oliver pointed out Trump may actually have no idea what it is that miners do after showing a video of the president pretending to mine coal at a rally.

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The "Last Week Tonight" host ripped the President's soft approach towards the coal industry and said he "needs to stop lying to coal miners". EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt recently told Meet the Press that Trump had created 50,000 coal jobs since "fourth quarter of last year" - a figure Oliver described as "bullshit". The bulk of the segment has more to do with the more typical debunking of myths about the decades-long decrease in coal mining jobs, citing the roles in automation, lower natural gas prices, and more.

"Oliver played a 1990 interview Trump did with Playboy, in which he revealed "how he really feels" about the coal industry", the site said. But, as Oliver notes, that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the mountain of problems facing the coal industry.

"This president clearly doesn't care about [the environment]", Oliver said. "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". Murray's lawyers sent Oliver a cease and desist letter prior to the show airing. "An honest conversation about coal and its miners needs to be had". Oliver went into accusations against Murray Energy, including employee safety and a mine collapse in 1997. (Murray has denied this.) For this last point, Oliver brought out a squirrel of his own, who further mocked Murray.

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