- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 5, 2016

Donald Trump cast Hillary Clinton as anti-coal during a campaign stop in West Virginia and vowed to raise money for other Republicans running down ticket, signaling that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is shifting his attention to the general election and a likely showdown with the former secretary of state.

Speaking at the Charleston Civic Center, Mr. Trump briefly donned a coal miner’s hat and told the crowd that he will revive the coal industry, and said Mrs. Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, will kill it.

“I am going to put the miners back to work and she said I am going to put the miners and the mines out of business,” Mr. Trump said, alluding to controversial comments Mrs. Clinton made at a March town hall event.

“We are going to open the mines,” Mr. Trump said. “If I win, we are going to bring those miners back. You are going to be so proud of your president, you are going to be so proud of your country.”

For her part, Mrs. Clinton has suggested that the coal industry is dying and the jobs that have been lost are not coming back, and says the government must revamp its approach with investments in job-training and small business development to help get people and communities back on their feet.

Mr. Trump’s victory in the Indiana primary race chased Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Gov. John Kasich from the race, paving the way for him to seize the remaining delegates he needs to capture the Republican presidential nomination.

“You’ve been hearing me saying it is a rigged system, but I don’t say it anymore because I won,” Mr. Trump said, adding that he approached the race like a boxer to ensure there was no funny business. “You have to knock them out and then you can’t worry about the judges,” he said.

Before the event, CNN reported that former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who slammed Mr. Trump last year, planned to do everything in his power to help Mr. Trump win The White House.

“I believe in the process, and the process has said Donald Trump will be our nominee and I’m going to support him and help him and do what I can,” Mr. Perry told CNN.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, meanwhile, said Thursday that he is not ready to jump on the Trump bandwagon.

“I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now,” Mr. Ryan said on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”

Mr. Ryan said he wants Mr. Trump to unify the party and lead a campaign that gives voters “something that they’re proud to support and proud to be a part of.”

Mr. Trump responded in a press release that he is “not ready to support Speaker Ryan’s agenda.”

“Perhaps in the future we can work together and come to an agreement about what is best for the American people,” he said. “They have been treated so badly for so long that it is about time for politicians to put them first!”

In West Virginia, Mr. Trump said that he plans to help get other Republicans elected, and took aim at the Republicans behind the “Never Trump” movement, saying some of them are now calling up looking for jobs.

“You know why it is NeverTrump?” Mr. Trump said. “Because I am going to stop the gravy train for all these consultants, and all these people that are ripping off our country.”

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