WEST VIRGINIA: Billionaire Democratic Governor To Switch Parties At Tonight’s Campaign Rally With Trump

The New York Times reports:

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 β€œa 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.

Mr. 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.

Justice is the richest man in West Virginia, with an estimated net worth of $1.6 billion, most of which comes from the coal company he inherited from his father. His fawning Wikipedia page appears to have been written by his office.

  • edrex

    he’s got the face of a republican.

    • djcoastermark

      That isn’t his face……

      • TheManicMechanic

        It’s a face station! It’s a trap!

    • Jon

      It looked like something was wearing him like an ill-fitting skin suit.

  • JCF

    Worst timing ever, douchebag: SAD!

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • Jonathan Smith

      well, to be fair, He’s a non-gov.

      • Uncle Mark

        That’s okay. Trump’s not a real president

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      • jerry

        Yeah, but after the months of extreme shit fights between him and the GOP legislature, it’s a little surprising. Like on the national level, the Republicans couldn’t even agree with themselves, let alone the governor. And his entire staff, though somewhat conservative, are all Democrats.

    • bkmn

      What I want to know is how much money/resources the DNC put into his election and who signed off on them.

      • Joseph Miceli

        Debbie Wasserman Schultz of course….because Howard Dean didn’t know what he was doing. Bah!

  • Ronald Reagan is Dead!

    I’m not sure why anybody is surprised he was a life long Republican who switched parties to run for Governor in 2015 he is BFF with Trump.

  • djcoastermark

    Can’t wait to hear what nonsense t rump will be evacuating tonight about the days’ interesting events.

  • joe ho

    bad timing. maybe wv doesn’t have the internet and he didn’t hear about the grand jury.

    but he seems like a dino anyway.

    • Bluto

      We have interwebs here, runnin’ water ‘n ‘lectricity too!

    • marshlc

      the only thing I know about Huntington is that one of my favourite podcasts comes from there, Sawbones.

  • The_Wretched

    Maybe the Dems can stop sucking up to bilionaires, oligarchs, and “conservative Democrats”?

    • kaydenpat


    • I am not sure if you are equating the two, but billionaires and oligarchs do not have to be conservative (look at Warren Buffett). History has shown that in the Democratic Party at least, earned and especially inherited personal wealth are not necessarily indicative of political positions. Two of the greatest and most progressive Democratic Presidents of the last century were from America’s richest families, and devoted considerable personal resources to their elections, (FDR and JFK). To quote a Democratic President from a poor background about this – https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b6e540c7f105b8fdfa57f1ea2eef2e0c4334d5f42f31303576da7e573bc8d26a.jpg

      • Joseph Miceli

        Yes, but the idea that the rich extoll some sense of “noblesse oblige,” that they owe it to God and country to give something back is ever so passe. After all, why should they? They don’t owe anything to anyone. They made that money in a vacuum and don’t owe anything to the people, infrastructure or social constructs that provided an environment for growth. They did it all on their own.
        Rich Dems are out there, but there are less of them these days.

      • The_Wretched

        To extend the metaphor, inside the tent, pissing all over. Johnson’s quote is predicated on the marginal Dems having at least party as a primary goal.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    What’s the big announcement ? Resignation ? Divorce ?

    • The_Wretched

      Party Flipping. He loves him some orange sauce.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    So very, very surprised.

  • HZ81

    Um, okay. Bye?

  • Ken

    I see this as good news. The Republicans can have him.

    • Vista-Cruiser

      Well maybe, but in exchange I want Democrats to win back governorships in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

  • Adam King


  • justme

    1/2 term as a D..
    1/2 term as a R.

    It’s the Palin scenario

  • Nic Peterson

    Is he planning to announce just before the ‘bonfire’. I hear they are quite popular in WV…

  • EdmondWherever

    Does his switch come with a free lawyer?

  • pch1013

    Good riddance.

  • Nic Peterson

    He will also announce a massive hiring push for his coal mines, treatment programs for those addicted to opioids and secure Medicaid funding in the state.

    yeah, right….

    • leo77

      Ya had me going there for a moment.

  • JustDucky

    This seems like a good place to leave this:



    Trump: I roll a 20.
    GM: It clearly says 3
    Trump: Highest role since Reagan. #GOPDnD

    DM: Seriously why won’t you heal your team?
    Cleric: And create a culture of dependency? No thank you. #GOPDnD

    DM: The Bards sing your evil deeds.
    DT: Those are Fake Bards.
    DM: They persist…
    DT: I summon β€œAbyssal Propaganda.”
    FOX: You called.#GOPDnD


  • Lakeview Bob

    I know I am being shallow but he is too ugly to be a Democrat.

  • Michael R

    Don’t forget to get a big Donald Trump tramp stamp .

  • Sam_Handwich

    does this mean he’ll run for senate against Manchin?

    • Tomcat

      OF COURSE.

  • JCF

    OT: The hits keep coming!!! πŸ˜€

    “Exclusive: Grand jury subpoenas issued in relation to Russian lawyer, Trump Jr. meeting – sources”



  • Harveyrabbit
    • Joseph Miceli

      THAT is obscene. This is what Republicans want. That’s why they continue to chip away at child labor laws, workplace protections and school funding. This is why we fight!

  • Tomcat

    Follow the coal money also.

  • another_steve

    Hitching his wagon to a man who’s a few steps away from being forced to resign in shame?

    Great move!

    • bkmn

      What could go wrong?

      • another_steve

        Hey… I’m sure he’ll get a nice bottle of cologne or something from Ivanka.

        • Cattleya1

          Maybe something ‘nicer’ from Mueller!

  • bkmn

    He also owes millions in fines and penalties for unsafe practices in his mines. So he fits right in with the GOP.

  • Matt

    Somebody must be intercepting all those good jobs that are coming back to West Virginia. Only an idiot would believe anything trump says. About ANYthing.

  • Ernest Endevor

    Does this give them enough to start the push for a constitutional convention? I thought I read a couple of weeks ago that the Republicans only needed one more state house.

    • Octavio

      Oh, fake lord no!

    • johncAtl

      I was thinking I had read that they only needed one more state under GOP control for that to become possible.

      • Ernest Endevor

        That’s what I thought.

    • Tulle Christensen

      Do you think in today’s political climate a do you think a constitutional convention could come up with anything 3/4 of the states would agree to?

      • SoCalGal20

        The problem is if enough states call for a Constitutional Convention there is nothing in Article V that limits their mandate or or the rules for making changes. The convention can make its own rules, say 2/3 approval instead or 3/4. It’s why conservative groups have collective wet dreams over the states calling a Constitutional Convention.

        West Virginia already submitted an application to Congress back in 2016 so the governor changing parties doesn’t change anything in that regard.

    • SoCalGal20

      West Virginia has already submitted an Application for a Constitutional Convention back in 2016 for a balanced federal budget. And it’s the state legislatures that call for the convention, not the governor. So, this doesn’t change anything.

      • Ernest Endevor

        I see. Thanks. I can sleep tonight.

  • kelven

    Awwww…… poor Trumplethinskin. Mueller stole his thunder. πŸ™

  • Matthew

    A billionaire democrat is quite the oxymoron…

    • Tomcat

      No actually there are quite a few.

  • Sam_Handwich


    WaPo reporting the secret service has left its post at trump tower over lease negociations

      • Ernest Endevor

        That’s certainly gonna free up traffic.

      • Sam_Handwich

        what was their purpose there anyway? since Melanoma and Barron live at the WH (supposdly)

      • Jean-Marc in Canada
      • djcoastermark

        Somehow envisioning a whole bunch of trailers around a trump property sounds about right.

        • Hank

          Yes, but think of the Parking Tickets, that the NYPD will hit them with…. daily!!! /s

      • Octavio

        That should save load of taxpayer money.

      • Gist of story is that as usual, Donald was trying to soak the American taxpayers by charging vastly inflated rent for the one apartment the Secret Service wanted.

        It’s worth noting they’re still doing it to the U.S. military:

        The U.S. military has separately agreed to lease space in Trump Tower for $130,000 a month, according to a lease first reported last month by the Wall Street Journal. That space will be for the White House Military Office, which provides services including communications and the handling of the β€œfootball” that the president would use to launch a nuclear attack, the Journal reported.

        If that amount seems excessive, it’s because it is. Sure, mid-town is expensive, but not this expensive.

      • Friday

        Someone didn’t know the Trumps are lousy landlords before now? πŸ™‚

    • Hank

      Now if they could just do the same for his Golf Courses and other Residences!!! I would love to keep him OUT of Mar-A-Lago!!! That is way too close to where I live!

  • Worth noting that apparently this pale half-inflated Baron Harkonnen cosplayer has switched parties many times over the years and switched most recently from Rep to Dem to run for governor.

    • Friday

      I’m sure it was a ‘miraculous conversion’ each time.

  • Ernest Endevor

    He made his money the old-fashioned way: inherited it. Like Trump.

  • Halou

    He is a billionaire but his father did all the hard work, he just inherited it as Trump did his ‘fortune’, birds of a feather and all that. Also, a coal magnate falls in love with Trump? This is a very ‘water is wet’ news story.

    • BobSF_94117

      Neither one of them did the hard work. The hard work is mining coal. All they did was sit in their offices trying to figure out ways to avoid safety regulations.

  • TuuxKabin
  • alguien

    another rat jumps onto the sinking ship.


  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Let’s be honest, he was a republican who became a democrat and is now switching back. Probably was the plan all along. Old White Billionaire who didn’t earn it…yeah, he’ll fit right in.

  • JT

    When you’ve got a lump of coal for a heart and you’re named “justice”, karma is waiting for you.

  • Floyd

    He became a democrat because he couldn’t have gotten the nomination as a republican. Now that he’s won, he’s the incumbent so he’ll be able to win again as a republican. Expendiency in action.

    • Homo Erectus

      But he has the IQ and forward thinking of a Republican.

  • justmeeeee

    Trump and the billionaire guvner are drawing all the simple folk together so they can tell them to their faces to fuck off and die, and when they hear that, they are going to love that Cheeto even more! You can’t fix stupid.

  • JT

    They grow them big, fat and dumb in WV. That’s even more the case for the voters.

  • teeveedub

    Yeah, that’ll take the nation’s attention away from the fact that the “president” and his cronies and family members are now subjects of a grand jury investigation.

    Keep trying, Donnie. Maybe you’ll hit on something more convincing.

  • billbear1961

    His timing’s not very good, what with the Grand Jury being empanelled and the subpoenas being issued in relation to Junior’s meeting with the Russians.

  • Hanwi

    I can’t fathom anyone looking at the current administration and saying, I want a piece of that.

  • leo77

    They’re perfect together.

  • AtticusP

    Apparently some rats are stupid enough to get ON a sinking ship.

  • Will Parkinson

    Man, your people elected you as a Democrat. Way to stab them in the back. Guess you’re a perfect Republican after all.

  • Homo Erectus

    Good! He can go down with the ship.

  • netxtown

    Whores will do what they gotta do to get what they want. This dick is a whore.

  • BeaverTales

    In some places, religion is even more important than populism.

    It’s a new world for them: an economy without coal. The only things that matter to many poor undereducated people with nowhere to go is oxycontin, Jesus, and their lost sense of identity in an increasingly multicultural landscape and lost sense of pride in their Christian heritage… those are weaknesses that Trump is really good at exploiting. Right or wrong, they feel like 8 years of Obama let them down.


  • Will Parkinson

    Also his Twitter page talks about education, so I had to ask him: “Why would you want to educate your children? Don’t you want more Republicans?”

  • leastyebejudged

    lol, tell me again how different the parties are.

  • Frostbite

    How long before we find out he is molesting ________ ?

  • Ross
  • olandp

    This is a first, a rat jumps ON a sinking ship.

  • Gregory In Seattle

    The only surprise is that he was ever a Democrat to begin with.

    • Friday

      Maybe he wasn’t. One thing we know is Republicans *lie,* after all. In Georgia a huge number of state reps ran as Democrats, won, then declared Fundieness and turned their coats and switched parties, too.

  • Rick Jackson

    So there is a Justice family member who is a bigger Buffoon than Buford T. Justice?


    • Ken M

      Someone said Justice and he heard Chief Justice.

  • Black Opal

    To be fair, WV is only a recent rethug convert. Obama scared the hell out of us by attacking the coal industry. We’re traditionally in favor of pro-labor politicians. It was very alarming to see the Democrats pushing the war on coal. If they appealed to worker interests somehow, they’d get WV back in a heartbeat.

    • Friday

      “To be fair” Obama has nothing to do with why coal can’t compete and the coal industry don’t need to supply many ‘coal jobs’ these days when all they gotta do is send in a few guys to blow a mountain into a river and leave the mess for everyone else to try and live in. You just believed Russian trolls that you should vote for Drumph cause Hillary told you the truth and presented something realistic to do about it for ya.

      • Black Opal

        What makes you think I voted for 45?

        • Friday

          Err, trying to justify putting Drumph in office cause Hillary actually told the truth, especially considering the actual Republican policies about full-steam ahead with fracking and tarsands oil pipelines without safety or regulation?

          Coal’s been on the decline as ‘good jobs’ for a long time, it’s about the business of it, and automation. Not the fact that Big Energy whines about not skimming more off of not even putting pollution controls on where they burn it, even if half the upgrades were already complete.

          • Black Opal

            I wasn’t trying to justify putting 45 in office. I was explaining how Obama really alienated West Virginia. You’re reading things I didn’t write. I don’t feel any obligation to defend statements you hallucinated.

          • Friday

            Obama didn’t alienate West Virginia, he just refused to sell West Virginia a bill of goods in a Chevy truck commmercial when even big money was backing out and blaming a twenty grand scrubber on a smokestack and not-poisoning-any-more-valleys with tailings and floods for the fact that Big Energy Don’t Want To Buy Your Coal That Much, Never Mind Pay You.

  • kirby7771

    Whatever. It’s W. Virginia. The Democratic Party there died with the civil rights movement. Yawn.

  • Phil2u

    … a rat boarding a sinking ship. Well, well….

  • Jonathan Smith
  • Ken M

    Some one is sucking cock for a job in the WH.

    • Jonathan Smith

      BESIDES Ivanka?

  • Wade Persnippy

    Recall the bastard. He needs to be approved by the citizens

  • coram nobis

    Governor, the lifeboats are for ABANDONING the ship, not boarding it.

    • Friday

      I say good riddance.

  • kevin vincent

    I’m so embarrassed fir my state they are so desperate for coal they are debasing themselves this much

  • aagold76 .

    Republicans should be switching to Dem Party after all Trump BS- but this is the reality- the Democratic Party just doesn’t seem to have a clue.

  • andrew

    This is one of those very rare occasions when a rat runs onto a sinking ship.

    • jmax

      A stupid rat indeed.

  • coram nobis

    Just as a sidebar, filed under Misguided Social Climbing alongside this story, there’s this about Henrik, Prince of Denmark, who doesn’t want to be buried next to his wife the reigning Queen. He wanted to be King, it seems, not Prince-Consort.

    I suppose there are worse things than being buried in the Bordeaux wine region, where he has his private vineyard, but it is a trifle peculiar.


  • mark99k

    OK call me shallow, but is there a rule now that newly newsworthy Republicans have to be as butt-ugly as possible? This guy looks like he’s been run over by a tractor. Then there’s sphere-faced Jason Miller, bad-drag Kellyanne Conway, Ann thats-not-an-adams-apple Coulter, horror film cliche Stephen Miller, and the gasbag twins Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee neither of whom could fit through my front door and both of whom probably smell bad. Maybe their goal is to repel us so thoroughly that we can’t pay attention.

  • Robert Adams

    Occasionally a rat gets confused and jumps on a sinking ship.

    • Friday

      Well, you saved me a little typing there. πŸ™‚

  • I call bullshit on him being a billionaire. Him and Trump too. A real billionaire could afford to buy ties somewhere besides Sears.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      They’re straight, remember?

  • Galvestonian

    Another rich guy that worked hard to earn his fortune – he inherited it.

  • Scribble Writer 🌹 ☭

    Democrats are already conservatives, this isn’t news

  • Guest

    I first read it as he is changing panties. You go girl.

  • Charles Rodgers

    There’s a reason anyone with a brain leaves West Virginia.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Well, too bad the coal $$ didn’t go to the coal miners. And yet they love him.

  • nipper
  • RJ Bone

    I wonder how many more will flip. They only need 38 states to ratify constitutional changes (starts or finishes with governors – they’d need the legislature too I think). Watch for this

  • DoctorDJ

    Jim Justice:”Lemme jump off this life raft onto that beautiful, sleek, Titanic.”

    (Sorry, Ross, didn’t see you chronologically downstream…)

  • fahvel

    you’d think with a billion dollara someone could get a better seat than a wet board on a sinking raft.

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  • Blobby

    He’s not switching – he’s switching back. He changed from GOP to DEM in 2015 bc he had no way of winning the GOP nomination for governor.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Because billionaire, for one.