West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, Other Politicians Who Switched Parties

After all, Justice could've continued to govern with his Democratic hat, and simply voted along Republican lines.

Earlier in the day, President Trump gave a big hint about Justice's approaching defection. In the wake of the failure of the Senate to pass his healthcare reform legislation, the typical media outlets have delighted in playing up Trump's inability to push forward a legislative agenda.

And standing alongside Trump at a podium and before a swell of voters, he certainly did. For example, attacking Mika Brzezinski for her facelift operation seemed beneath the dignity of the Oval Office.

One White House source told CNN's Gloria Borger that the President's lawyers were "highly content" to hear about the grand jury, adding that the move was "not causing any anxiety" among the legal team. However, outside of the Washington-New York-Boston power corridor, the American people have a very different perspective. "If President Trump cut a deal, we hope it does not put USA taxpayers on the hook to bail out Jim Justice's personal finances".

But his party switch is going to be sold in the political realm as a big win for Republicans, a warning to Democrats and a true reflection of the Trump era.

President Donald Trump at a rally Thursday night said the story of his campaign's collusion with Russian Federation is "a total fabrication". "He's got a backbone". He cares about America. "I am wanting us to all come together as West Virginians to get something done". "Turned her back on other, more progressive, lifelong Democrat members to support a recent turncoat and now he's turncoat on them and run hightail from them", Kessler said. An extra twist of the knife for Democrats: He's doing it alongside President Trump, at a rally in West Virginia. But the mix of cultural conservatism and blue collar working class voters in the state was a flawless set-up for a Trump insurgency-style candidacy.

He, however, won the Republican nomination for the presidential election.

Trump's answer was clear, as he previewed a political strategy created to question Mueller's legitimacy, suggesting his investigation was a tool of the establishment that is still smarting from Hillary Clinton's election loss. Indeed, the 2016 elections were a resounding repudiation of the Democrats' economic message.

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"During the campaign", Trump said, "I made you a promise that I would be putting coal miners back to work and I've kept that promise".

Justice also said he's "terrifically excited" about working with Trump on the national scene. His lack of civility and his retaliatory nature are not helping him.

"Jim is going to say a few words, and these words have not been spoken by a major political figure in our country for a long time", Trump told the capacity crowd.

In a statement after the announcement, Republican Governors Association Chairman Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, welcomed Justice to the party. That is abysmal. Their fundraising numbers are down, and there is no doubt that Democratic Party leadership has reason to be concerned.

Mueller is investigating whether there was any collusion between Moscow's spies and the Trump campaign - allegations that, if proven true, could represent an abrogation of American democracy.

Justice, who was expected to make the announcement at the Thursday rally in Huntington, said that he feels the Democratic Party has "walked away" from him. He faces a strong challenge from GOP Representative Evan Jenkins, who also switched parties to run for a seat in 2014. More alarming for Trump, the poll also indicated that fifty per cent of whites without college degrees now disapprove of his performance, compared to just forty-three per cent who approve.

The change is a blow to the Democratic Party, Auvil said. I am trying to get things done in a progressive and positive way.

West Virginia Republicans were caught completely off-guard. Last week he spoke at the National Scout Jamboree, delivering a speech so raucous that the chief executive of the Boy Scouts of America apologized for its political nature.

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