John Oliver has some coal for Donald Trump’s stocking.
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.”
During his presidential campaign, Trump spent a lot of time in coal country promising to bring back jobs to miners.
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.
“It is not easy watching someone I doubt has done a day of hard labor in his life show how he thinks coal mining works, it’s like watching a four-year-old play store,” Oliver said.
Oliver then broke down how the job numbers Scott Pruit, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency told NBC’s “Meet the Press” are “bulls—.”
Pruit claimed over 50,000 jobs have been added in coal and 7,000 in May. The host pointed to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that showed just 1,300 coal jobs have been added since 2016 and there were just 400 new jobs in May.
Trump may be wrong on focusing on bringing back coal jobs when companies like J.C. Penny employ far more people. Oliver pointed out that when coal jobs go away in mining towns it’s felt by the entire town, which Trump has been able to appeal to.
The problem with coal is that jobs are disappearing due to advanced technology like alternative energies, automation and drop in natural gas prices. Some coal companies are even using solar power, which Oliver says is like “finding out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was brought to you by Smash Mouth.”
Oliver went on to say that Trump does not care about the environment and that’s been made clear by him lifting a freeze on coal leases, pulling out of the Paris agreement and taking back the rule that limits coal companies from dumping into streams.
However, Trump may not actually really care about people in the coal industries as Oliver brought up from a 1990 interview the president did with Playboy.
“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,'” Trump said.
“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 responded.
The comedian just wants to see Trump start telling to the truth to miners because it’s likely the jbos they once had will not be returning.
“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,” Oliver said.
The segment came to a close with Oliver ignoring as cease a desist order from Murray Energy CEP Bob Murray, a Trump supporter. Oliver went into accusations against Murray Energy, including employee safety and a mine collapse in 1997.
One claim against Murray is that he founded the company after having a talk with a squirrel, which Oliver jumped on immediately.
The host brought out a talking squirrel named Mr. Nutterbutter who took out a massive check for “three acorns and eighteen cents” for Murray if he plans on suing the show.