Political Theatre: The presidential campaign of Donald Trump
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.