Hillary Clinton was confronted by an unemployed coal miner at a roundtable event in West Virginia last night for promising to "put a lot of coal miners" out of business. At a CNN town hall in March Clinton declared "we are going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business."
Clinton was asked how she can be trusted after she made such a remark.
"The reason those people out there are saying some of the things they say is because when you make comments like 'we're going to put a lot of coal miners out of jobs' these are the kind of people you are affecting," the man told Clinton as he passed a photo of his family, a wife and three kids.
"I just want to know how you can say you're going to put a lot of coal miners out of jobs and then come in here and tell us how you're going to be our friend. Because those people out there don't see this as a friend," the man also said.
"I don't know how to explain it other than what I said was totally out of context from what I meant because I have been talking about helping Coal Country for a very long time and I did put out a plan last summer," Clinton responded.
"It was a misstatement because what I was saying is that the way things are going now we are going to continue to lose jobs," Clinton explained. "What I said was that is going to happen unless we take action to try to help and prevent it."
"I don't mind anybody being upset or angry. People have the perfect right to feel that way," Clinton told the man. "I do feel a bit sad and sorry that I gave folks the reason or the excuse to be so upset with me because that is not what I intended at all."
Clinton's original coal comments at the CNN town hall: