Major TV Networks to Air President's Visit to Charleston; Thousands Expected to Attend

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | August 21, 2018

When President Donald Trump last visited Charleston, it was as a candidate for the office he now holds.

It was May 6, four days before the primary election. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich dropped out of the race days before, making Trump the presumptive GOP nominee. Around 12,000 people attended a campaign rally held at the Charleston Civic Center, in which Trump touted his goal of revitalizing the coal industry.

“You will look back and you will say it was the single greatest vote you ever cast. America will be great again. We’ll be America first. We’ll start winning, winning, winning, and you are going to be very proud,” he said. “And for those miners, get ready because you’re going to be working your asses off.”

Trump will return to Charleston Tuesday for his sixth visit to West Virginia since taking office and his first to Charleston since that rally.

The night before the visit, Trump tweeted a couple of times about the two most likely topics of the rally — a new proposal to regulate coal plant emissions and the U.S. Senate candidacy of West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

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