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

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.


fx Art Van Delay (not verified) Thu, 08/03/2017 - 17:06 Permalink

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 .

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Green2Delta Thu, 08/03/2017 - 16:33 Permalink

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.  

WTFUD Thu, 08/03/2017 - 16:44 Permalink

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 WTFUD Thu, 08/03/2017 - 16:58 Permalink

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: 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. 

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shimmy Thu, 08/03/2017 - 16:59 Permalink

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 Thu, 08/03/2017 - 17:08 Permalink

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 Thu, 08/03/2017 - 17:13 Permalink

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 Thu, 08/03/2017 - 17:17 Permalink

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]

Mr T Thu, 08/03/2017 - 17:35 Permalink

Ok,", 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 peopleDoes anybody see a theme running here? Other then the age thingy me senses the scapegoating setup.Yom kippurWe all be aging. All that is wrong with the World is summed up in that quoteI am working, check.,guns,  (we have 2 hands)check,I don't believe in man caused warming, as argued by our "elites" checkWhite, 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? 

Ricki13th Thu, 08/03/2017 - 17:23 Permalink

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.