Fintan O’Toole: Trump has failed to restore blue-collar America’s lost paradise

President who promised to bring back coal oversaw its steepest ever decline

October 13th, 2020: US president Donald Trump has told a rally in Johnstown, Pennsylvania that should Joe Biden win the US election that the Democrat party will look to ban "clean, beautiful coal."

Paradise is lost again. The late, great John Prine wrote a lament about the place in western Kentucky where his parents came from. It is actually called Paradise. In the early 1960s, the Peabody coal company moved in: “Then the coal company came with the world’s largest shovel/ And they tortured the timber and stripped all the land. . .”

And in February 2020, the vast Paradise coal mine closed for good – under the president who swore that: “We’re going to put our miners back to work.”

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