WHEELING, W.Va. — President Donald Trump may have a lot to say about what happened this week in Washington, D.C. when he visits Wheeling tonight for a “Make America Great Again” rally.
Trump instructed the FBI Friday evening to begin a week-long supplemental investigation into sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
“I’ve ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh’s file,” Trump said in a statement released by the White House. “As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week.”
Tonight’s rally at the Wesbanco Arena in Wheeling will be Trump’s first rally since his FBI order.
Several polls, including the MetroNews Dominion Post West Virginia Poll, have shown the Kavanaugh nomination has strong support in West Virginia.
The anticipation for the rally has been growing in recent days, according Ohio County Republican Executive Committee Chairwoman Elgine McCardle.
“It’s very exciting that the president has chosen Wheeling,” McCardle said. “His seventh visit to the state shows his dedication and interest in the state. We expect a packed arena and volunteers have been coming out and they are extremely excited. I think it’ll be a great rally on Saturday. The excitement is definitely in the air and the arena will rock.”
The president will be joined on stage by Gov. Jim Justice and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. Morrisey is squaring off against U.S. Senator Joe Manchin for Manchin’s seat in the November General Election.
“I absolutely think this will give Morrisey a boost,” McCardle said. “I think the last rally in Charleston gave him a boost and this will garner people in the Northern Panhandle, get them excited and get them out to vote.”
McCardle expects state Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, First District Congressman David McKinley, Del. Erikka Storch, and House of Delegates candidate Dalton Haas to be in attendance at what is expected to be a standing room only crowd of around 7,000 people.
“Any time you have a president that comes into your town, it rallies the base,” McCardle said. “The local base will get out and vote. The visit can not do anything but help candidates around here, especially with how popular he is around here.”
Trump’s most recent stop in West Virginia was in Charleston on Tuesday, August 21, where he rallied with Morrisey.