Krauthammer: Trump’s West Virginia rally shows he has a ‘formidable army’ of supporters

Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer labeled President Donald Trump’s rally in West Virginia on Thursday night a “very important demonstration” by the president to reaffirm that his base still had his back.

“Here’s a guy whose numbers are down in the 30s,” Krauthammer said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “He’s got this grand jury, reports of a grand jury being convened, he’s got the walls kind of closing in on him in Washington. And here he’s going out into the country and saying ‘These are my people. These are real people. Forget about the numbers. Forget about the chatter in Washington. Forget about the stories about Russia – which he spent a lot of time on – but I represent a huge constituency of tremendous support and enthusiasm.’”

Special Counsel Robert Mueller impaneled a grand jury in Washington as part of an investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Krauthammer said that Trump wasn’t “very specific on policy” but was able to appeal to those in attendance at his rally anyway. “He said, ‘I’m bringing you guys back. I’m the only one who listened. You were abandoned,’” Krauthammer said. “That’s his appeal. That’s how he won the election and he’s reminding the elites that that appeal is still there.”

That attraction, the commentator said, could prove to be consequential if Democrats continue to aim to bring the president down.

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