John Oliver takes on Trump and the coal industry

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Donald Trump has been very vocal in his support for coal but jobs in the industry are most likely not coming back

Not just the totally false brag that his presidency created 50,000 new mining jobs (it's actually 1,300), but the fact that's he's constantly saying he has their best interests at heart?

On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took issue with, you guessed it, Donald Trump, and his promise to the coal mining industry that he would be ensuring more jobs in the near future. He also calls out what he sees as Trump's disingenuous rhetoric: "Trump needs to stop lying to coal miners", Oliver said. "When coal jobs go away, communities feel it", said Oliver, particularly because coal jobs are high paying jobs.

Although Trump and others like to blame Barack Obama for the decline of the coal industry, they can't.

"If Trump really cares about miners, he would be putting a plan in place for their futures as mining continues its long-term decline, but he isn't doing that", Oliver said. And it is, if you want Oliver and his team of political comedy professionals to double down on reporting the unsavory, hypocritical, and downright shady stuff you get up to. But his administration's claims to have fulfilled that pledge with "50,000 new coal jobs", ironically articulated by EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, are simply lies. But most people don't have the imagination-or whatever-to leave their mine.

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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.

The response from Murray Energy turned out to be a cease-and-desist letter, warning them that an attempt to slander Murray would result in legal action, possibly all the way to the Supreme Court. "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".

Still, it's Last Week Tonight so Oliver ends by taunting Murray Energy's founding myth which features a conversation with a squirrel.

"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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