By Rachel del Guidice | The Daily Signal
Republicans now possess a trifecta of leadership in 26 states, following the governor of West Virginia switching from Democrat to Republican during a rally Thursday with President Donald Trump.
“The Democrats walked away from me,” West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said during a rally in Huntington, West Virginia. “I can’t help you any more being a Democrat governor.”
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Tommy Binion, director of policy outreach at The Heritage Foundation told The Daily Signal in an interview that this development illustrates the energy in the Republican party.
“This is a pure momentum thing,” Binion said. “It is a great victory for the president in that it shows that people and the enthusiasm are with him and the Republican party.”
Trump welcomed Justice and complimented the governor’s character.
“Having Big Jim [Justice] as a Republican is such an honor,” Trump said. “Fantastic man, fantastic guy.”
Justice, 66, was elected in November with 49 percent of the vote, trailing Trump by 20 points in West Virginia, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Justice also praised Trump’s leadership.
“This man is a good man,” Justice said. “He’s got a backbone, he’s got real ideas, he cares about America, he cares about us in West Virginia.”
Republicans currently possess a majority in the House and Senate, and Binion said Justice’s announcement contradicts the media’s narrative.
“[This] is different than the narrative being carried the mainstream media but it is clear this morning that the enthusiasm is with the Republican party,” Binion said.