West Virginia governor Jim Justice, once a Republican, then an opportunistic “Democrat,” and now a Trumpist Republican, can go do anatomically impossible things to himself.
Mr. Justice said he would officially change his voter registration on Friday. “I will tell you with lots of prayers and lots of thinking, today I will tell you as West Virginians that I can’t help you anymore being a Democrat governor,” he said. He imagined his mother, who has passed away, saying, “Jimmy, it’s about damn time you came to your senses.”
The governor initially received some boos from members of the crowd who seemed uncertain why he was there. But they applauded his announcement, and he quickly wrapped his arms around the president. “This man is a good man. He’s got a backbone, he’s got real ideas. He cares about us in West Virginia,” Mr. Justice said of Mr. Trump. He defended the president over the Russia investigation, saying, “Have we not heard enough about the Russians?”
After the announcement, Mr. Trump praised the governor: “Having Big Jim as a Republican is such an honor,” he said. “Fantastic man, fantastic guy.”
Say this for Joe Manchin–he will never, ever, ever do this. Moreover, for all that Manchin can suck on some issues, not only is he as good as it gets in the West Virginia cesspool of racism, but has he ever provided the critical vote that defeated a potentially good bill or passed a bad one?