As Ronald Reagan once said, it’s not so much that Democrats are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so — like land mines in West Virginia.
Okay, so it may have been a flub, as it’s easy to think Vice President Kamala Harris could be in over her head — gender and skin color apparently outranked experience and intellectual acuity when being tapped for the role — but Harris did say in a recent interview that “reclaiming” land mines was a fallback job for those being decimated by the Democrats’ war on coal.
In an interview with WSAZ-TV, based in Huntington, W.V., Harris responded to concerns about jobs in the coal, oil and gas industries, which are being jeopardized by the bevy of executive orders President Joe Biden has signed.
“All of those skilled workers who are in the coal industry and transferring those skills to what we need to do in terms of dealing with reclaiming abandoned land mines; what we need to do around plugging leaks from oil and gas wells; and, transferring those important skills to the work that has yet to be done that needs to get done,” the vice president said.
We can assume Harris was talking about strip mines, not land mines that go “boom,” but it was hard to walk away from the exchange thinking she had a good command of the topic at hand.
In explaining the Biden administration’s radical climate change agenda, Harris tied clean energy to job creation.
“The president has been very clear that this is not about any existing leases in terms of coal and what we’re doing in terms of oil and coal and federal lands. This is about what we need to do going forward to create more jobs,” she said. “The president feels very strongly that when we are thinking about saving our environment (…) When you talk to him about climate change, the first thing that he talks about is job creation.”
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., was upset over the interview with the local NBC affiliate, saying the Biden White House never informed him that Harris would be discussing issues in his state.
“I saw [the interview], I couldn’t believe it. No one called me,” he told WSAZ. “We’re going to try to find a bipartisan pathway forward, but we need to work together. That’s not a way of working together.”
Here’s a sampling of responses to the story from Twitter, including a social media user who suggested that along with “Bidenisms,” we start collecting “Harrisisms,”
Land Mines, Really didnt know that was an issue in West Virginia
— KWH (@Talonion) January 31, 2021
What is the skills overlap, exactly?
— Sparkling Jules is awooooman (@Coolish_Breeze) February 1, 2021
All good combat engineers know there are two ways to find land mines.
One of them hurts a lot more.
— History with ketchup (@PGrasmehr) January 31, 2021
That’s COAL mines this is a land mine- pic.twitter.com/3bkKw9cTnr
— cjewell (@Cjewell0422) January 31, 2021
She definitely has the mind & speaking skills of her boss, Emperor Joe
— Tiki71 (@thetiki71) January 31, 2021
We know about Bidenisms. Let’s start collecting Harrisisms.
— m4Ri0 (@MistrzMariusz) February 1, 2021
Ok, shovel ready jobs?😄
— Hannah Brown (@hlb54) January 31, 2021
Probably means strip mines. Most were mandated to be reclaimed years ago They need projects to funnel money into for payoffs
— Ruth (@relizabrown) February 1, 2021
I blame the Hatfields.
— Cecelia Mc (@CeceliaMcC11) February 1, 2021
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