Child labor laws have existed for quite some time, preventing kids from being abused by corporate America. On Friday, Donald Trump promised to MAGA by putting children back to work in a video posted to Facebook.
Oh, what’s that? He meant people who work in mines and his staff, like him, spells at a kindergarten level? Well, that’s a relief…sort of.
Official Facebook posting of Trump in Iowa: “Putting our minors back to work.”
Yes, it’s real. They literally can’t spell “miners.” pic.twitter.com/iksJOVqbEw
— ChristianChristensen (@ChrChristensen) June 23, 2017
One of the ways in which The Donald won over desperate coal miners and others who traditionally are fooled by right-wing promises to bring back mining jobs (which have been dwindling since before Obama was even President), is by repeatedly telling them he was the answer to their problems. But even Republican devotee and generally terrible person, Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray, says that coal jobs aren’t coming back.
“I suggested that he temper his expectations. Those are my exact words,” Murray said. “He can’t bring them back.”
“I would not say it’s a good time in the coal industry. It’s a better time,” Murray says. “Politically it’s much better. Barack Obama and his Democrat supporters were the greatest destroyers the United States of America has ever seen in its history. He destroyed reliable electric power in America, he destroyed low-cost electric power in America, and he attempted to totally destroy the United States coal industry.”
“I don’t think the Trump presidency will have a material impact on bringing coal miners back to work,” Ted O’Brien, a coal analyst at energy industry research firm Doyle Trading Consultants, told The New York Times just after Trump was elected by a minority of the population and an electoral system set up to protect slave owners’ right to own people. “He may eliminate the regulatory overhang… but I have a hard time seeing a surge in coal demand.”
This is bad news for all those kids Trump wants to put back to work in the mines.
As expected, the world once again joined together to laugh at The Donald’s more nonsensical than normal promise:
They’re just going to replace miners with minors. That should work.
— Krzysztof Sakrejda (@sakrejda) June 24, 2017
Don’t have to make the tunnel ceilings anywhere as tall if everyone’s 6 years old
— Fash Oxglove (@k_morrissey) June 24, 2017
Maybe they are looking to roll back those pesky child labor laws?
— Cerise (@misscherryjones) June 23, 2017
…unless it IS real: the next step in #Trump‘s agenda to slash red tape holding back corporations, by letting them employ10 year olds.
— Simon Rosenberg (@simon_rosenberg) June 24, 2017
Best play here is to take it absolutely literally, since we know there are influential voices in the GOP who think child labor is a-OK
— Podori Fan Club (@MajorHints) June 23, 2017
For Trump supporters who may be reading this, it should say “miners”.
— Elle (@ElleMN001) June 23, 2017
He nose all the fantastic words.
— Ryan Schwartz (@RyanSchwartz) June 23, 2017
The beast words!
— Debbie Illinois (@DebbieIllinois) June 24, 2017
You spelled werds wrong.
— BKFort (@babs_klein) June 24, 2017
— Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) June 23, 2017
Betsy DeVos’ foundation doubled down on the child labor meme https://t.co/20Cf8ajmoi
— Vicious Babushka (@viciousbabushka) June 24, 2017
Child labor laws are so old fashioned and restrictive.
— Tom LeBlanc (@leblancweb) June 23, 2017
That’s no typo; Monday he’s signing an Executive Order rescinding child labor laws.
— Steven E. de Souza (@StevenEdeSouza) June 24, 2017
Welcome to the Republican Dark Ages and pre-Enlightenment America where being educated makes you an ‘elite’ and a snob.
— Bongmaster (@jerweber) June 23, 2017
A minor miner! So much winning, I can’t stand it! pic.twitter.com/TRzwkhgDGd
— Liz (@LizMiserables00) June 23, 2017
Minors or miners? Knowing Trump he means both. Back to those good ol’ days. pic.twitter.com/BlDZCiApuX
— iAnimal (@loricushingbrad) June 23, 2017
More like this. Put em to work in the fields, the factories, the mines… keep em away from all that book learnin’ where the TROUBLE starts. pic.twitter.com/6wFJxwKafJ
— No Bot! UR the Bot! (@ursaluna) June 24, 2017
While it’s fun to joke about this, Republicans actually do support putting “minors” back to work — especially if they want to eat at school.
“I think it would be a good idea if perhaps we had the kids work for their lunches: trash to be taken out, hallways to be swept, lawns to be mowed, make them earn it,” West Virginia Delegate Ray Canterbury (R-Greenbrier) said during floor debate on a bill that would provide free breakfast and lunch for every student in the state. “If they miss a lunch or they miss a meal they might not, in that class that afternoon, learn to add, they may not learn to diagram a sentence, but they’ll learn a more important lesson.”
We’d better hope this was actually a typo.
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