Donald Trump stages another big rally on Sunday, taking the “Trump Train” upstate to Poughkeepsie, New York, Sunday for a rally that will stream live from the 3,050-seat Mid-Husdon Civic Center in Poughkeepsie as Trump continues to build on a massive lead in his home state, where Trump is counting on what he might call a “huge” victory in the New York primary to reverse the stalled momentum from his definitive loss in the Wisconsin primary last week.
Trump lately has seemingly spent as much time complaining as he has campaigning. Following the Colorado state Republican convention last week — the convention where Colorado chooses delegates who will attend the Republican national convention in July — Trump found himself coming out of the state with exactly zero delegates.
Donald Trump: “I’ve spent less money than almost anybody else and I’m in first place by a lot.”https://t.co/9ZjGHmFPlP
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 16, 2016
His leading opponent, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, outwitted Trump and his campaign officials, securing all 14 of the 14 available delegates in Colorado — leading Trump to blast the delegate selection process as “rigged” and “unfair.”
Trump’s gripes brought a rebuke from Republican National Committee Chair Reince Preibus, who told Trump, “give us all a break!”
Nomination process known for a year + beyond. It’s the responsibility of the campaigns to understand it. Complaints now? Give us all a break
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) April 13, 2016
Watch Trump explain his complaints, saying that the RNC should “be ashamed” for how it has treated him, in the video below.
To watch a live stream of the upstate New York Donald Trump rally in Poughkeepsie, click on the following video. The rally is scheduled to get underway with introductory speakers at 2:30 p.m Eastern Time, 11:30 a.m. Pacific, with Donald Trump taking the podium about 30 minutes later.
Trump has also continued to be dogged by protesters at every rally that he holds, sometimes leading to nerve-wracking confrontations between Trump supporters and crowds of demonstrators who object Trump’s call for banning all Muslims from entering the United States, and building a giant wall on the United States border with Mexico, to stop undocumented immigrants from crossing the border without authorization.
At a rally in Hartford, Connecticut, on Friday the 6,000 Donald Trump supporters who exited a downtown convention center after watching Trump speak found themselves facing down a crowd of protesters several hundred strong chanting “racists go home!”
According to an account in The Washington Post, the Trump supporters responded with their own chants, including, “Get a job!” and “Build the wall!”
The shouting went on for about 15 minutes, and several shoving matches broke out — but fortunately the confrontation after the Donald Trump rally did not explode into full scale violence, before police moved in to break up the showdown.
But the threat of violence by Trump supporters looms over not only every Donald Trump rally, but over the Republican National convention, to be held in Cleveland, Ohio, in July as well.
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After losing out on delegates that he believed he had won fair and square not only in Colorado, but in Louisiana and Georgia also as the Ted Cruz forces repeatedly demonstrate mastery of the Republican party’s often confusing and obscure delegate selection rules, Trump warned that the situation at the July convention could get “rough.”
“The Republican National Committee, they’d better get going, because I’ll tell you what, you’re going to have a rough July at that convention,” Trump told his supporters at a rally in Syracuse, New York, on Saturday. “You’d better get going, and you’d better straighten out the system because the people want their vote. The people want their vote, and they want to be represented properly.”
But Donald Trump appears to be at no risk of losing out in New York after the Tuesday primary there. The latest poll in the state, released Saturday by NBC News 4, The Wall Street Journal and Marist College, showed Trump leading the Republican field by a staggering 29 percentage points.
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