In 2016, Pennsylvania went red in a presidential election for the first time since 1988. In that election, of course, winning the state was easy. George H.W. Bush’s win to succeed outgoing President Ronald Reagan was the last real landslide in a presidential election, with America sending Michael Dukakis — a tax-happy, anti-military liberal who made the infelicitous decision to ride around in a tank — back to Massachusetts where he belonged.
This past November, winning the state of Pennsylvania was a lot more difficult. Republican candidate Donald Trump managed it for one reason: His campaign promise to support American industry in general, and coal in particular.
Now that candidate Trump is President Trump, he’s still touting his support for coal. That includes a new mine in the state of Pennsylvania, the first one under the Trump administration.
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For a depressed industry in a part of the state that’s taken the loss of industrial jobs the hardest, a new mine is a pretty big deal. Corsa CEO George Dethlefsen said that for the 70 positions the mine would create, there were 400 applicants.
“It’s a hard day’s work every day, but it’s worth it,” one of the miners said.
This certainly looks a lot different from Hillary Clinton’s infamous line that she would “put a lot of coal miners out of work.” While she tried to walk it back, voters in states where coal is a major part of the economy didn’t buy her back-tracking. And while Trump touted the new mine on his Twitter account, that wasn’t all he did… [CONTINUED WITH VIDEO ON NEXT PAGE]