The Donald Trump “Trump Train” rolls toward the November general election with another huge rally Saturday, this one in Washington State where the event will stream live from the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds. The rally is expected to pull a capacity crowd of approximately 5,000 people to the outdoor grandstand there.
Scroll down this page to view a live stream of the Donald Trump rally, his second of the day in Washington.
Now that Donald Trump is not only the frontrunner, but the last man standing in the Republican presidential primaries, making him effectively the party’s nominee, the flamboyant billionaire real estate tycoon is expected to set his sights on Hillary Clinton, who despite the ongoing presence of challenger Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race, has essentially clinched her party’s nomination as well.
But Trump has faced continued opposition within his own party — opposition that has led him to spend more time firing back at Republican party leaders such as House Speaker Paul Ryan and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham than he has spent attacking Clinton.
10 mins into his rally Trump has gone after Ryan, Graham, Jeb & Marco – not Hillary. He literally cannot help himself. No impulse control.
— Brian Walsh (@brianjameswalsh) May 6, 2016
After Ryan on Thursday announced that is “not ready” to throw his support behind Trump — a highly unusual statement for a House Speaker to make about the presidential nominee of his own party — Trump fired back saying that he was “not ready” to support Ryan’s “agenda.”
Graham, whose ended his own candidacy for the Republican nomination in December, was even more definitive than Ryan, announcing that he would refuse to vote for Trump, or Clinton for that matter — leading Trump to blast Graham as “hapless” and “an embarrassment.”
Then, on Friday, Trump ignited a new controversy when he suggested in an interview that the United States could reduce its national debt by simply refusing to pay off its creditors in full — a practice that Trump has employed numerous times in his private business dealings, but that is prohibited by the United States Constitution and that most experts agree would set off a worldwide economic crisis.
Watch experts on the CNBC business news cable network discuss Trump’s debt proposal in the video below.
To watch a live stream of the Donald Trump rally at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden, Washington, on Saturday afternoon, click on the video below. The rally is scheduled to get underway at 3 p.m. Pacific Time, 6 p.m. Eastern, on May 7.
Trump’s debt proposal sent shockwaves through the political world on Friday, after Trump gave an interview to CNBC declaring himself “the king of debt.”
“I love debt,” Trump declared. “I love playing with it.”
Trump told CNBC that as president he would continue to borrow money for the country, even though he has also pledged to get rid of the national debt, now estimated at $19.2 trillion, “over a period of eight years.”
“I’ve borrowed knowing that you can pay back with discounts,” Trump said. “I would borrow knowing that if the economy crashed, you could make a deal.”
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But the idea of paying off the debt by offering creditors less than the full amount was met with derision and alarm by economists.
“No one on the other side would pick up the phone if the secretary of the U.S. Treasury tried to make that call,” economist Lou Crandall told The New York Times. “Why should they? They have a contract.”
Washington State holds its Republican primary on May 24, with 44 delegates available. But though Ohio Governor John Kasich and Texas Senator Ted Cruz will appear on the ballot, both “suspended” their campaigns earlier in the week, after suffering crushing defeats on Trump’s hands in the Indiana Republican primary on May 3.
But Donald Trump is nonetheless keeping a full campaign rally schedule, with the Lynden, Washington, rally as his fourth in two days.
[Featured Photo By Steve Helber/Associated Press]