Donald Trump holds his first huge rally in Oregon since becoming the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, an event that will stream live from the Lane Events Center on the county fairgrounds in Eugene on Friday night as Trump turns his attention from his former Republican opponents to Hillary Clinton, his almost-certain Democratic opponent in the November general election.
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Trump’s campaign says that they are anticipating a capacity crowd at the 4,000-seat Lane Events Center exhibition hall, and police say they are also expecting a large crowd of protesters to show up in Eugene, a hotbed of progressive politics which, on the Democratic side, is expected to vote heavily for Bernie Sanders when Oregon holds its primary on May 17.
“This year there have been some incidences of clashes between different groups during primary rallies in other parts of the country,” the Eugene police said in a written statement released to the public. “That’s not something we want Eugene to experience and we hope those who attend or are in the area during rallies will do their part to ensure civility defines our actions.”
The Trump campaign said in a statement that Donald Trump will continue holding rallies with no change in his strategy of overall message, even though his two remaining opponents, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich, pulled out of the race after Trump won a resounding victory in the Indiana primary on Tuesday.
But Republican party leaders have not been quick to line up behind their newly minted nominee, with House Speaker Paul Ryan — the most powerful Republican in Congress — declaring that he is “just not ready” to declare his support for Trump.
At a Donald Trump rally in West Virginia Thursday, the mere mention of Ryan’s name drew boos. Watch a full replay of that rally in the video below.
To watch a live stream of the Donald Trump rally in Eugene, Oregon, on Friday, click on the video below. The event is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. Pacific Time at Lane Events Center — 10 p.m. Eastern.
Donald Trump, a prolific user of the social media platform Twitter, created a wave of controversy and astonishment on Thursday when he attempted to commemorate the Mexican-American Cinco de Mayo holiday with a strange tweet, in which Trump is seen eating a “taco bowl” and declaring in the text of the tweet, “I love Hispanics!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2016
Latino Americans, despite Trump’s tweet, have not shown reciprocal love for Donald Trump. According to an America’s Voice survey taken in April, Trump scored an astounding 87 percent “unfavorable” rating from Latino voters.
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In addition to what many commentators saw as a patronizing attitude toward Latino voters conveyed by the strange “taco bowl” tweet, one sharp-eyed observer noted that Trump had positioned his “taco bowl” on top of a pile of papers that included a photo of a bikini-clad woman — a woman who turned out to be Trump’s ex-wife Marla Maples.
Donald Trump is eating a taco salad on top of a bikini-clad photo of his ex-wife, Marla Maples. pic.twitter.com/sW2itGBAOK
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 5, 2016
Maples was Trump’s second wife, with whom he carried on an open affair while still wed to his first spouse, Ivanka Trump. Donald Trump and Marla Maples married in 1993 and divorced six years later. The couple produced one child, Tiffany Trump, who is now 22 years old and can often be seen on the campaign trail with her father.
Though he now faces no competition in the Oregon primary, one poll was taken in the state before Cruz and Kasich conceded the nomination to Donald Trump.
The survey, conducted by Hoffman Research on April 26 and April 27, showed Donald Trump with a 17 point lead over Ted Cruz, with 43 percent support to 26 percent for Cruz.
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