Earlier today, President Trump promised reporters that he would be making a big “exciting” announcement tonight at a rally in West Virginia. It looks like that was referring to West Virginia’s Democrat governor switching parties and becoming a Republican tonight at the event.
NEWS: WV Gov Jim Justice is expected to change parties, become a Republican tonight at the rally with Trump >>https://t.co/jGH77HSJH6
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) August 3, 2017
Gov. Jim Justice of West Virginia, 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, according to three sources familiar with the plans.
Speaking to reporters in the White House Thursday, Mr. Trump promised “a very big announcement” at a gathering in Huntington, W.V., that is expected to draw thousands of supporters from across Appalachia, a region that gave Mr. Trump some of the largest margins of his election.
Justice probably won his election as a Democrat because he never came out and endorsed Hillary Clinton.
RedState’s Joe Cunningham is a bit cynical about the governor’s plan to switch parties.
Democrat who wishes to change parties to win an election set to rally with Democrat who changed parties to win an election. https://t.co/ZQneiIV8Le
— Joe Cunningham (@JoePCunningham) August 3, 2017
Seems like an accurate analysis to me.