Trump stumps for Morrisey, W.Va.

President Trump greets the crowd after landing at the Wheeling Ohio-County Airport. (Photo by Miranda Sebroski)

WHEELING — President Donald J. Trump announced here Saturday night he must change his iconic “Make America Great Again” slogan in time for the 2020 election.

As economy and employment numbers start to improve, he suggested two years from now voters might want to use “Keep America Great.”

Saturday’s visit was Trump’s seventh to West Virginia. He addressed a capacity crowd at WesBanco Arena.

“The people of West Virginia love our country, and they always respect our great American flag,” Trump said.

“This is a truly amazing time for our nation,” he said. “Our economy is booming like never before … and this state is booming like never before.”

West Virginia’s coal miners also are back to work, Trump reminded a loudly cheering crowd.

“There opening up mines all over the place, and they’re opening up steel mills,” he said. “Coal miners are working. Steelwokers are working, and our whole country is working. America is winning again, and America is respected again.”

Trump came to Wheeling to stump for West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.

The President arrived at the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport at about 6:13 p.m. Saturday. He was greeted by West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner; Warner’s wife, House of Delegates candidate Debbie Warner; and U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio.

Roughly 10 minutes later, the presidential motorcade made its way south down W.Va. 2 to Wheeling.

Morrisey on Friday said he would be meeting up with Trump at WesBanco Arena.

As the crowd of about 7,000 awaited Trump’s arrival, West Virginia Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, lead the crowd in a mass saying of the “Pledge of Allegiance.” Among those speaking prior to Trump’s coming to the podium were former Notre Dame football coach and Follansbee native Lou Holtz, and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice.

Trump termed Justice “one of the largest human beings I’ve ever seen.” He then read off West Virginia economic numbers, which showed West Virginia exceeding revenue expectations and having steadily improving revenue growth. He invited Justice to take the stage.

“Nobody can love this man more than I — except you, maybe,” Justice told the crowd. “What he has done for West Virginia is off the charts.

“Now we’ve got to step up,” the governor said. “We’ve got to deliver him Patrick Morrisey.”

Trump reminded the crowd that during the 2016 election he won West Virginia by 42 percentage points over Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton.

He said the state is proud of its coal, and he has asked coal miners “if they want to make computer widgets.”

“No, we want to dig coal,” Trump said they told him.

Trump also introduced in the crowd U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., who was recently appointed to a seat on the state Supreme Court of Appeals and is a candidate for that seat; 3rd District U.S. House candidate Carol Miller; and 1st District U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va.

Trump spoke for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, speaking of his relationship with North Korea, and the “love” he and North Korean President Kim Jong-un now have for each other.

He touched on other topics, such as his continued support for his U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump termed the Nov. 6 general election “one of the most important mid-term elections in our history.”

“I’m not running, but I’m really running…,” he said. “In theory, you aren’t supposed to do great in the mid-terms. But nobody has ever had a presidency like this. We have the greatest economy this nation has ever seen. We have so many things going so well in the mid-terms, that we should do well.”

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