Previewing Trump's "Big Announcement": W.Virginia Democratic Governor Is Switching Parties

Tyler Durden's picture

In an otherwise boring day, Trump sparked some excitement earlier today when he announced that he will make a "very big announcement" during a planned rally in West Virginia tonight. Moments ago, the NYT spoiled the surprise when it unveiled what the announcement is: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, a Democrat who was elected last year even as President Trump carried the state by 42 points, is expected to announce Thursday night at a rally with Mr. Trump that he is changing parties.

Justice, a billionaire coal and real estate magnate, ran as a conservative Democrat and declined to endorse Hillary Clinton in 2016. But even as West Virginia has become a reliable Republican state in presidential elections and further down the ballot, a handful of Democrats have still been able to win office. At least for one of them, that ends tonight.

According to the NYT, Justice is said to have friendly relationships with some members of Trump’s family and before entering politics he gave money to officeholders in both parties while variously registering as a Republican, Democrat and independent.

As Axios observes, "West Virginia is the epicenter of the Trump shift in American politics — a battleground that's tended historically Democratic, but with an aging, white, working-class population focused on issues like coal, gun rights, and social issues it is increasingly allied with Trump's version of the Republican Party"

Meanwhile, even when hoping the build tension - and attention - Trump is once again foiled by leaks.

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souljaboy's picture

Checkbook journalism at its worst.

ZeroIntelligence's picture

Jim Justice is actually a great guy.  Definitely didn't belong in Hillary's party.  Give this a read if you have a few extra minutes for real (also sappy) journalism:

Ghost of Porky's picture

Switched from the globalist-big-government-tax-and-spend-open-boreders DNC, to the globalist-big-government-tax-and-spend-open-borders GOP.

fx's picture

What a nothingburger! Same scum, different (party) name.

Given the GOP's defiance of Trump and their utter betrayal on Obozocare and all that, the governor's move makes a ton of sense. For him, that is. At least he will belong now to the scum that has a higher chance of "winning".

Speaking of which, I am sure the clown in chief will party bigly tonight after suffering a whole series of humilations .

Eager Beaver's picture

Well then, I'd say Mission Accomplished. I guess that puts the seal on the "Contract with America", eh?

Bes's picture




i wonder how much taxpayer pork W. Virginia negotiated for the switch?


SheHunter's picture

Wag wag that jaw of yours.  Trump doesn't walk the smooth pretty politically safe course and it scares the crap out of you.

fx's picture

Yeah Donnyboy, a huge win. Too bad, it only shows how utterly exchangeable the Dem scum and the Rep scum really are.

veritas semper vinces's picture

Ya! It's all in the family,one big family.(It does not include you)

GoldHermit's picture

Another RINO - just what America needs

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

Everybody trusts party switchers.

ChanceIs's picture

Well....they trust McCain, and he never officailly switched.

Handful of Dust's picture

Hopefully, the governor of AZ will appoint an American patriot in his place.

Koba the Dread's picture

Patriot? I'd be happy if McCain is replaced by a non-terrorist, non-whore, non-criminal, non-traitor.

NotApplicable's picture

Slim chance of that happening!

Nobodys Home's picture

I'll just be happy to never see his neocon bubbly hog jowls again. He irritates the fvck out of me! Like a male Pelosi or Feinstein....or Graham:) Schiff and Schumer suck too!

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Party affiliation matters, really. 

thunderkiss's picture

Well didn't see that coming.  Love it though, it'll drive some liberals crazy.  So sick of those fuckers.

Tenshin Headache's picture

We're going to need another announcement. A bigger one, preferably.

Tenshin Headache's picture

Mueller convenes grand jury.

THAT'S an announcement.

Cosmic Energy's picture

Who cares which party someone belongs to? They all serving the same evil masters.

just the tip's picture

sometimes, those evil masters, are theirselves.

jmack's picture

Why the hell not, all the rest of the republicans are democrats as well.

QE49er's picture

We are literally being suffocated to death by the big tyranical boot of DC and this is the big announcement?

NotApplicable's picture

Are you not entertained?

Green2Delta's picture

I don't like Republicans either. I don't even like Libertarian politicians. Met the Marion County Indiana Libertarians after the first bullshit Tea Party. Listened to them talk for a few hours and saw that at best they were Republican lite. 

Any person that wants to rule over you is most likely a shithead. 


activepatriot's picture

II'm bored stiff.

When will the petro dollar-fiat market collapse and the shooting war start?

just the tip's picture

in that case you'll save on a viagra prescription.

Nobodys Home's picture

Stiff as in drunk or stiff as in cawk? Either way, it will start when it's supposed to. Look! Squirrel!

Maximeme Q's picture

So he exchanges a blue tie for a red tie? Celebrate, people of WV! Things are REALLY going to start happening for you now!!!

/sarc needed?

Gordon_Gekko's picture

They are both the same War Party. "Switching" is meaningless.

Fucking useless shit from Trump as always.

HockeyFool's picture

"Fucking useless shit from Trump as always"

I was thinking the exact same thing about your comment the first sentence in.

WTFUD's picture

Trump's now unfortunately setting the BAR very low with Big Announcements.

Here's One - Hillary Clinton & Barry Obama Indicted for Treason. The PURGE Begins.

Bob's picture

To Trump's mind, this will get his rally center stage in the news.  He'll announce the Governor's "Huuuge Change" to the really, really big crowd and repeat the story he gave the Boy Scouts:

Spoiler: He's draining the swamp, DC is a cesspool, he's going to do beautiful, really beautiful things with the support of the people, the Fake News isn't gonna show this really, really great crowd, stock market at all time highs, he's bringing jobs home, he's clamping down on China . . . but the Fake News won't tell you about it, etc. 

ToSoft4Truth's picture

The Republican party is being infiltrated.  Trump welcomes them.   

null's picture

He is not really a republican and the feeling appears mutual.
He may very well fix the party but that will require people more loyal to him than to current RNC platform.

You are "correct" but I hope it is not a problem.

falak pema's picture

Pull your knickers down W Virginia! 


PhiBetaZappa's picture

Yawn, hopefully there's a full blown Grand Jury rant from the Donald or this is going to be one very disappointed rally

shimmy's picture

As expected, a dud of a " big announcement" which fits in with president pumpkin. Almost every normal person would not try and hype up something like that but oh no, not pumpkin. 

Pumpkin should switch parties because he acts more like a liberal snowflake dumbocrat than he does a conservative republicant. 

Tom_Pain's picture

Jumping from one sinking ship to another.

The best thing I can imagine coming out of this Clinton/Bush/Obama/Trump mess is the death of the American 2-party system, or at least the Democrats and Republicans.  I don't care if we wind up with Whigs and Mugwumps; it's time for the Demopublicrat party to die.

directaction's picture

When I grew up in Oakland snitches got their asses kicked. Hard. Really hard. Every time. 

So, why has Trump allowed so many snitches to work at the White House?  

smacker's picture

Uh...what a let down. I'm feeling like I'm on the come-down after a weekend of partying on amphetamine sulphate*.




*[not that I've ever taken the stuff]

logicalman's picture

What goes up must come down.

On balance, every now and again it's worth it.

Tastes pretty bad, though.

Mr T's picture


", but with an aging, white, working-class population focused on issues like coal, gun rights, and social issues "

Aging+, White+, Working+, Coal+Guns+"issues"=White people

Does anybody see a theme running here? 

Other then the age thingy me senses the scapegoating setup.

Yom kippur

We all be aging. 

All that is wrong with the World is summed up in that quote

I am working, check.

,guns,  (we have 2 hands)check

,I don't believe in man caused warming, as argued by our "elites" check

White, check

"Issues" you better believe it and many are not social they are Ideological. 

Looks like the white people are standing in the way of progress and enlightenment.

Not lies, deviance, corruption, total control and enslavement.

Shall we be happy or sad?


Nobodys Home's picture

I'll be happy if/when more people come to the realizations you have just stated.

Ricki13th's picture

Lmao Mueller fishing expedition is getting bigger. And the  Replicunt-led Congress wants to make Trump a lame duck. But this is his big announcement?!. When will America stand up to these asshats in D.C.