Laid-Off Coal Miner: Biden Canceling Pipeline Leaves Children Wondering ‘Is My Dad Going to Be Able to Put Food on the Table?’

By Craig Bannister | January 27, 2021 | 11:47am EST

A laid-off West Virginia coal miner who once confronted 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton about her comments suggesting she wanted to put miners out of work says Pres. Joe Biden’s executive order canceling construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is devastating to American families.

In 2016, Bo Copley handed Clinton a photo of his family, telling her “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, this is my family.”

On Wednesday, in an interview on Fox News Channel, Copley said that Biden’s order is more than just a thousand jobs here and there – it has a devastating, real-life impact on families trying to put food on the table:

“Well, I think those folks should probably take a walk in someone like myself’s shoes – someone who’s been faced with those kind of ramifications to lose thousands of jobs. It may just be a thousand here, it may just be a thousand there – but for me, it’s a family of five.

“It’s hard. That’s why I gave the picture of my kids to Hillary. Don’t look at me and don’t look in my eyes and say, ‘I didn’t mean those words.’ Look at those families, those children that are affected by that, and people who are going to wonder, ‘Is my dad going to be able to put food on the table, or ‘Are we going to be able to afford to do this?’

“It’s devastating to see this happen to American workers.”

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