Viewers can watch Donald Trump’s San Diego rally live online and see if the real estate mogul can keep up the momentum from the best stretch of his campaign to date.
Trump will appear at the San Diego Convention Center at an event starting at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT). The full rally can be seen in the embedded video below.
It has been the best month of Donald Trump’s campaign, starting with his surprise blowout win in Indiana that led rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich to drop out of the race. Until that point, it seemed up in the air whether Trump would be able to reach the 1,237-delegate mark to avoid a contested Republican National Convention and the possibility that he lost the nomination on a second vote, but instead, Trump saw three weeks of the party coming together around him.
Trump has seen endorsements from Republicans once against him or cautious of his run, and he has taken measures to mend bridges with leadership like House Speaker Paul Ryan. In the meantime, Trump sailed past the delegate mark this week to become the official nominee.
“While Trump will not formally accept the party’s nomination until the delegates cast their votes on the convention floor in July, crossing the threshold effectively puts to rest any remaining suspense about the possibility of a messy and contested convention,” CNN noted. “For months, drama and tumult have rocked the Republican Party, as a fervent anti-Trump movement launched a full-on onslaught to derail his candidacy.”
While he has been bringing party around him, Donald Trump has also seen likely opponent Hillary Clinton get increasingly bogged down in her own primary battle. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has remained in the race, vowing to stay through to the last primaries next month, and in doing so has put continued pressure on Clinton.
Sanders challenged Clinton to a debate this week, asking her to fulfill a promise made earlier in the campaign to hold a final debate in May. But Clinton turned down the Fox News-hosted event, and instead Donald Trump has offered to take her place in a debate against Sanders.
— Slate (@Slate) May 27, 2016
It’s not known whether the debate will actually take place, but Clinton’s refusal to debate and Trump’s offer to fill in has been a mark against her campaign.
Clinton also endured the bad press of a State Department report that faulted her for the use of an unauthorized email server, one that left classified material vulnerable to potential cyber attacks. Clinton had refused any wrongdoing, but this week’s report placed the blame solely on Clinton.
While Clinton has struggled to put away Sanders, Trump has taken advantage. He surged in the polls last week, taking his first lead and continuing to hit Clinton.
“Here I am watching Hillary fight and she can’t close the deal,” Trump said.
Others have taken note of Trump’s remarkable run, from a candidate many believed had little chance of winning to one who ran away with the GOP nomination.
“No one in American history has moved from a June 16 announcement to a May 26 winning of a majority,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump ally who CNN reported is on the short-list for vice president. “Trump’s achievement is remarkable.”
But there is still more work to do, as advisers have reportedly told Trump to seek out a more presidential tone in his addresses. Fans who watch Donald Trump’s San Diego rally live online may get a chance to see this new, gentler Trump.
Those who miss the live streaming video of Donald Trump’s San Diego rally can catch the full replay in the embedded video above.
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