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UPDATE: President Trump stumps for local GOP candidates at MAGA rally

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Published: Aug. 10, 2018 at 1:15 PM EDT
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UPDATE 8/21/18 @ 7:35 p.m.

President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" rally Tuesday night at the Charleston Civic Center became something of a political campaign for local GOP candidates, including West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

The president, who came out to the podium to John Denver's "Country Roads," addressed a capacity crowd that frequently broke out into raucous applause and chants including, "Drain that swamp."

Trump rallied for GOP candidates in the region, including Carol Miller and Morrisey, who is running against incumbent U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat.

"A vote for Patrick Morrisey is truly a vote to make America great again," Trump said.

The president, in his sixth overall visit to West Virginia, said he will continue fighting for GOP candidates across the country, including in the Mountain State.

"I'm coming back here before the election," Trump told the crowd.

The president said West Virginians are "loyal, hardworking, true American patriots."

"They're great people," he said. "You always cherish our great American flag."

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, a fellow Republican, also took the podium.

"We know what this great man right beside me has done for us," Justice said. "It's time for us to show that appreciation and deliver back," saying they need to support GOP candidates in the November election.

Trump told the crowd that Democrats are trying to take away their Second Amendment rights and are too soft on immigration.

The president mentioned Manchin several times, saying he opposed the border wall and the travel ban. Trump also spoke about the nation's brisk economy, saying industry -- including coal and steel and coal -- have come back briskly with initiatives like the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule.

"Steel is back. It's one of the hottest industries in our country," he said. "We're putting our great coal miners back to work. We love clean, beautiful West Virginia coal ... you're winning with coal, you're winning with everything."

"America is winning again and being respected again," Trump said. "It's America first."

He went on to say, "Thanks to Republicans, our economy is booming like it's never been booming before -- 4 million new jobs since the election."

Trump said the country is eliminating regulations "that are killing our jobs," including Clean Coal policy. He also said he's fighting against other countries taking advantage of the United States' economic might.

"We're like a big, fat piggy bank that everyone wants to rob," he said.

Trump also addressed some familiar issues of his presidency.

"Fake news and the Russian witch hunt," he said. "Where is the collusion?"

He applauded the efforts of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), saying parts of the country, including Chicago, have become "war zones" for immigration-related crime. He spoke of the rebuilding of the U.S. military with nearly $700 billion in funding.

"To continue this incredible success, me must elect more Republicans," Trump said.

We have team coverage for the president's visit. Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.


UPDATE 8/21/18 @ 5:40 p.m.

Air Force One has arrived Tuesday evening at Yeager Airport, ahead of President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" rally at the Charleston Civic Center.

The event will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Both supporters and protesters started lining up early. Supporter John Berta said he thinks the president is doing a great job.

"He is putting people back to work," Berta said. "He's also getting the coal mines back to work. I think he's out to help all people. Look what he's done for the economy."

We have team coverage at the event. Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.


UPDATE 8/21/18 @ 3:53 p.m.

In just a few hours, President Donald Trump will be in Charleston, West Virginia. This is the president's sixth overall visit to West Virginia since taking office and his third "Make America Great Again" rally in the state.

The doors to the Civic Center will open at 4 p.m. and the event will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Both supporters and protesters started lining up early. Supporter John Berta said he thinks the president is doing a great job.

"He is putting people back to work," Berta said. "He's also getting the coal mines back to work. I think he's out to help all people. Look what he's done for the economy."

According to a news release sent out prior to the president's arrival, "It's time to let President Trump know we appreciate his work on behalf of hardworking West Virginians. President Trump's 'America First' agenda means lower taxes, more energy jobs, a growing economy, and stronger, safer borders."

You can watch the rally live

Trump is expected to talk about the EPA's Affordable Clean Energy rule -- a proposed replacement for Obama-era regulations that took a major toll on coal companies. The Trump administration moved to dismantle another major piece of former President Barack Obama's environmental legacy on Tuesday, proposing to dramatically scale back restrictions on climate-changing emissions from coal-fired power plants

The president made no direct mention of the EPA's announcement in the morning but ended a tweet about his upcoming trip by exclaiming, "CLEAN COAL!"

Gov. Jim Justice said, “President Trump has followed through on his promise to get rid of the Clean Power Plan and use American energy to fuel economic growth. The ACE rule will help West Virginia big time and will bring back energy jobs like you can’t imagine. To have this announcement on the day President Trump visits West Virginia for the sixth time is just incredible, and another testament to his commitment to helping our great state and country.”

The rally is also a chance for the president to support midterm candidates, including West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey who is running against U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, for that Senate seat.

“The EPA’s proposal represents a crucial step in restoring law and order,” Morrisey said. “The Affordable Clean Energy rule makes important strides in reversing the Obama-era Power Plan. Our coalition will closely examine the proposal and continue to support President Trump’s administration in implementing this important change to protect West Virginia coal miners and those who depend upon their success.”

Manchin said he supports the Trump administration's new energy policy and how it will help coal miners, “I have spoken out against the Clean Power Plan since day one, and I am pleased that we are closer to ending this failed policy that hurt West Virginia. I’m proud that the U.S. Senate and the House passed my resolution to roll back President Obama’s dangerous regulation. I am hopeful that this new approach from the Trump Administration will help stabilize energy jobs."

The chief operating officer for Trump's campaign, Michael Glassner, released the following statement Tuesday about the president's visit:

“Our rally at the Charleston Civic Center tonight will offer an exciting opportunity for West Virginians to join President Trump in celebrating the success of his policies and the great impact they’re having on the Mountain State. Through tax cuts, deregulation, restarting manufacturing, and ending the war on the coal industry, President Trump has completely revived the West Virginia economy. As the President will address tonight, the new jobs and pay raises that have come to hard working families, as well as the improved safety of communities and the fight against opioid addiction in West Virginia, are all at risk if we don’t protect and expand the GOP majorities in the House and Senate in the midterm elections this fall. President Trump needs all West Virginians to get out and vote to elect leaders such as Patrick Morrisey to the U.S. Senate to continue our tremendous momentum and success throughout the Mountain State.”


UPDATE 8/13/18 @ 8:45 p.m.

Tickets are now available for President Trump's rally in Charleston on Tuesday August 21.

According to an email from the West Virginia Republican Party rally-goers will need a ticket. Information is available here https://www.donaldjtrump.com/rallies/wv-aug-2018.

The doors to the Civic Center will open at 4 p.m. and the event will start at 7 p.m.

According to the release, "It's time to let President Trump know we appreciate his work on behalf of hardworking West Virginians. President Trump's 'America First' agenda means lower taxes, more energy jobs, a growing economy, and stronger, safer borders."

The "Make American Great Again Rally" is also a chance for the President to support midterm candidates including West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who is running against U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, for that Senate seat.

The visit will mark the president's sixth overall West Virginia visit since taking office.

ORIGINAL STORY 8/10/18

President Donald Trump has announced another visit to West Virginia, his third rally there since running for president in 2015, according to a news release from the president's press office.

Trump is scheduled at the "Make America Great Again Rally" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 at the Charleston Civic Center. It will mark the president's sixth overall West Virginia visit since taking office.

According to the release, Trump will be there to support midterm candidates including West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who is running against U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, for that Senate seat.

The release also states that Trump is expected to discuss the country's strong economy and latest efforts to secure funding to build the border wall, among other issues.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.