On Sunday Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said it “wouldn’t be wise” for Hillary Clinton to help him campaign during his 2018 reelection in West Virginia.
Manchin was appearing on MSNBC’s “Kasie DC” when the host asked him about Hillary Clinton and if their friendship has evolved over the years, especially after she made condescending comments about coal miners during the 2016 presidential election.
Hillary Clinton made a comment that echoed all throughout West Virginia. “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” Following these comments Manchin met up with West Virginia voters to help get people to vote for Hillary Clinton. Needless to say that was a waste of time. A very memorable part of it was when a coal miner in attendance asked, “I just want to know how you can say you’re going to put a lot of coal miners out of, out of jobs, and then come in here and tell us how you’re going to be our friend?”
Hillary referred to the statement she made as a “misstatement.”
During the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton lost every single county in West Virginia. Trump received 68.7% of WV votes.
On Sunday Manchin did confirm his friendship with the Clintons.
“The Clintons are friends of mine, they’ve been friends of mine,” Manchin said. “You can separate friendship from politics, surely you can. And if you can’t today, then what’s happened to the whole political process were in?”
Hunt asked Manchin if he would ask Hillary to come help him campaign in WV.
“It wouldn’t be wise for Hillary to come to West Virginia,” Manchin said. “It wouldn’t be a good thing, for her or for me.”