Political Theatre: The presidential campaign of Donald Trump

  • Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a campaign stop at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena on Oct. 21, 2016 in Johnstown, Pa.
  • Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are pictured during a campaign stop at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena on Oct. 21, 2016 in Johnstown, Pa.
  • Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a campaign stop at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena on Oct. 21, 2016 in Johnstown, Pa.
  • Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks with guests before the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on Oct. 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Melania Trump sits with Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind., during the third presidential debate between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Oct. 19, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Kellyanne Conway, campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is pictured at the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 9, 2016.
  • Presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton shake hands at the close of the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 9, 2016.
  • Donald Trump onstage at the second presidential debate, Oct. 9, 2016. 
  • Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump answers questions from the media after the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. on Sept. 26, 2016.
  • Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence celebrate on the last night of the Republican National Convention, July 21, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Confetti and balloons fall around as Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence celebrate on the last night of the Republican National Convention, July 21, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • People at the RNC cheer as Donald Trump is formally announced as the results of the delegate vote are announced during the Republican National Convention, July 19, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s children applaud as House Speaker Paul Ryan announces the results of the delegate vote at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 19, 2016.
  • Donald Trump introduces his wife Melania at the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016.
  • Delegates put their hands on their chests for the National Anthem during first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 18, 2016.
  • A Donald Trump supporter sells American flags at a rally for the presumptive presidential nominee in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 18, 2016.
  • A man leaving a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is confronted by protesters on June 2, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
  • A woman is egged by anti-Trump protesters while leaving Donald Trump’s campaign rally in San Jose, Calif., June 2, 2016.
  • A demonstrator outside of a Donald Trump rally in San Jose, Calif., June 2, 2016.
  • Donald Trump supporters and anti-Trump protestors scuffle outside a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday, June 2, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
  • Police form a line to contain protesters outside a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday, June 2, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. A group of protesters confronted Trump supporters who were leaving the presidential candidate’s rally in San Jose on Thursday night.
  • Trump supporters attend a rally in San Jose, Calif. on June 2, 2016.
  • Donald Trump holds a rally in Sacramento, Calif., June 1, 2016.
  • Attendees, and Trump supporters, at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum, May 20, 2016, Louisville, Ky.
  • A member of the NRA and a supporter of Rep. Presidential candidate Donald Trump at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum on May 20, 2016 in Louisville, Ky.
  • Donald Trump celebrates after winning the Indiana primary, May 3, 2016.
  • A Donald Trump supporter at a rally for the candidate in Carmel, Indiana on May 2, 2016.
  • Donald Trump speaks at his New York primary victory rally at Trump Tower, New York, April 19, 2016.
  • Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski speaks with reporters ahead of Trump’s New York primary victory speech at Trump Tower, New York, April 19, 2016.
  • Anti-Trump demonstrators rallied outside the hotel on Staten Island where Donald Trump held a press conference and spoke at a lunch, April 17, 2016.
  • Donald Trump holds a press conference and then speaks at a lunch for the Staten Island GOP, April 17, 2016 in New York, N.Y.
  • Donald Trump holds a news conference on March 21, 2016 at his hotel which is under construction in Washington, DC.
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a news conference at his hotel, which is under construction, in Washington D.C. on March 21, 2016.
  • Rosemary Carver, a Trump supporter, dons a homemade hat at Trump’s primary election night event at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., March 15, 2016.
  • A young girl at a Donald Trump rally in Boca Raton, Fla., March 13, 2016.
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Boca Raton, Fla., on March 13, 2016.
  • Ripped Donald Trump signs lay on the floor at a rally in Radford, Va., Feb. 29, 2016.
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump exits a rally in Radford, Va., on Feb. 29, 2016.
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters during a rally in Radford, Va., on Feb. 29, 2016.
  • Donald Trump protestors hold hands during a Trump rally in Radford, Va., on Feb. 29, 2016.
  • A Donald Trump supporter join him for a rally in Radford, Va., Feb. 29, 2016.
  • Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump celebrate his victory in the South Carolina primary on Feb. 20, 2016.
  • Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump celebrate his victory in the South Carolina primary on Feb. 20, 2016.
  • Donald Trump greets supporters rally in North Charleston, S.C., Feb. 19, 2016.
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in North Charleston, S.C., on Feb. 19, 2016.
  • A young guest attends a Donald Trump rally in North Charleston, S.C., Feb. 19, 2016.
  • Donald Trump supporters rally in North Charleston, S.C., Feb. 19, 2016.
  • Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump during the MSNBC Town Hall moderated by Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski in Charleston, S.C., on Feb. 17, 2016.
  • Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump during the MSNBC Town Hall moderated by Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski in Charleston, S.C., on Feb. 17, 2016.
  • A supporter of Donald Trump at his victory party in New Hampshire, Feb. 9, 2016.
  • Donald Trump speaks at his event to raise money for veterans organizations in Des Moines, Iowa on Jan. 28, 2016.
  • Donald Trump supporters at an event hosted by the GOP front-runner to raise money for veterans organizations in Des Moines, Iowa on Jan. 28, 2016.
  • Donald Trump supporters at an event hosted by the GOP front-runner to raise money for veterans organizations in Des Moines, Iowa on Jan. 28, 2016. The event raised more than $6 million.
  • Donald and Melania Trump talk to the press in the media spin room after the Republican Presidential debate in North Charleston, S.C. on Jan. 14, 2016.
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during a town hall event in Rochester, N.H., Sept. 17, 2015.
  • The back of Donald Trump is pictured in Rochester, N.H., Sept. 17, 2015.
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a town hall event in Rochester, N.H., Sept. 17, 2015.
  • Republican presidential candidates pose for a photo op before the CNN Republican Debate begins at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif.
  • Donald Trump’s “Make America’s Military Great Again” rally, held aboard the retired USS Iowa battleship, in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sept. 15, 2015.
  • A photographer takes a last shot of Donald Trump as he drives away from the Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H., April 18, 2015.
  • Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Jan. 31, 2016.
  • Donald Trump, with wife Melania, held a campaign rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Jan. 31, 2016.
  • Donald Trump speaks during the Freedom Summit, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Donald Trump has traveled the country since his presidential campaign announcement in June, toting his official campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

The real estate mogul has has ran a primarily self-funded, anti-establishment campaign. He has led nearly every national poll since campaigning began, and he has held center stage for each of the televised GOP debates. 

Despite his lead in the polls, Trump has been the most controversial candidate, beginning his campaign by vowing to build a wall at the United States-Mexico border and continuing his anti-immigration rhetoric throughout the campaign. Most recently, he has called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.

Trump has also thrown insults at nearly every other Republican candidate and any journalists he thinks have not treated him fairly. Many of the other GOP candidates, including Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and John Kasich, have condemned Trump’s comments, specifically his anti-Islamic rhetoric.

These photographs were shot on assignment by Mark Peterson for MSNBC Photography as part of his on-going body of work, Political Theatre” which looks at the landscape of the American political system, published by Steidl 2016.

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