The Clinton context

Hillary Clinton bragged six weeks ago in the course of the CNN infomercial in Columbus, Ohio: “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business” (video below). To adapt the famous Ring Lardner quote, we’re going to destroy you, she explained.

Yesterday in West Virginia, however, Clinton had a different “explanation.” She didn’t mean it. She had taken herself out of context: “I don’t know how to explain it other than what I said was totally out of context from what I meant” (video below, about five minutes). Now, she says, she wants to see coal “continue to be sold and continue to be mined.”

Quotable quote: “[H]ere’s what I want you to know, what I want you to know is I’m going to do everything I can to help, no matter what happens politically. I mean that is just how I am made. I’m going to do everything I can to help.”

Via Jeff Dunetz/The Lid (with transcript).