The presidential campaign: Donald Trump

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the fourth night of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 
  • 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 during the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 
  • A man stands among the balloons and confetti following the close of the Republican National Convention, July 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 
  • A delegate poses with her Donald Trump doll on the final day of the Republican National Convention, July 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • A supporter of Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives in his helicopter with his running mate, Ind. Gov. Mike Pence, on the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump watches as his running mate, Ind. Gov. Mike Pence, speaks outside the Republican Presidential Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump at the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • A supporter of Donald Trump wears a hat with his slogan “Make America Great Again” at the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • A supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump at the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland Ohio.
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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 is pictured on a monitor during the Republican National Convention, after officially becoming the Republican Party’s presidential nominee on July 19, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • The floor of the Quicken Loans Arena is seen ahead of the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 17, 2016.
  • Attendees at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016.
  • Donald Trump introduces his wife Melania at the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016.
  • Donald Trump holds a press conference with his VP Choice, Gov. Mike Pence, July 16, 2016. 
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally, June 2, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
  • Donald Trump arrives to his rally in Sacramento, Calif., June 1, 2016. 
  • A Trump supporter attends a rally in Sacramento, Calif. on June 1, 2016.
  • 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.
  • Donald Trump holds a rally in San Jose, California, June 2, 2016. 
  • Trump supporters attend a rally in San Jose, Calif. on June 2, 2016.
  • A Trump supporter interacts with protesters at a Trump rally in San Jose, Calif. on June 2, 2016.
  • A Trump supporter is egged after having a confrontation with anti-Trump protesters outside of a campaign rally in San Jose, California, June 2, 2016. 
  • A demonstrator outside of a Donald Trump rally in San Jose, California, June 2, 2016. 
  • Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum on May 20, 2016 in Louisville, Ky.
  • Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum on May 20, 2016 in Louisville, Ky.
  • 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.
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a rally in Carmel, Ind., on May 2, 2016.
  • A Donald Trump supporter at a rally for the candidate in Carmel, Indiana.
  • Presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Carmel, Indiana.
  • A supporter at a Donald Trump holds a rally in Carmel, Ind. on May 2, 2016.
  • Donald Trump greets supporters at his New York primary victory rally at Trump Tower, New York, April 19, 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.
  • Donald Trump speaks at a press conference at Hilton Garden Inn on Staten Island, N.Y., April 17, 2016.
  • Donald Trump speaks at a press conference at Hilton Garden Inn on Staten Island, N.Y., April 17, 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 news conference on March 21, 2016 at his hotel which is under construction in Washington, DC.
  • Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, appears on stage at the AIPAC conference in Washington, DC, March 21, 2016.
  • Donald Trump holds a news conference at his hotel which is under construction in Washington, DC, March 21, 2016.
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters during a rally in Radford, Va., on Feb. 29, 2016.
  • Supporters pose for a picture during a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Radford, Va., on Feb. 29, 2016.
  • Donald Trump holds a rally in North Charleston, S.C., Feb. 19, 2016. 
  • A Trump helicopter flies over a Donald Trump rally in Boca Raton, Fla. on March 13, 2016.
  • Donald Trump holds a rally in North Charleston, S.C., Feb. 19, 2016. 
  • A young Donald Trump rally in Boca Raton, Fla. on March 13, 2016.
  • Donald Trump holds a rally in North Charleston, S.C., Feb. 19, 2016. 
  • Donald Trump holds a rally in North Charleston, S.C., Feb. 19, 2016. 
  • Donald Trump holds a rally in Boca Raton, Fla. on March 13, 2016.
  • Donald Trump holds a rally in North Charleston, S.C., Feb. 19, 2016. 
  • Donald Trump holds a rally in North Charleston, S.C., Feb. 19, 2016. 
  • Donald Trump supporters rally in North Charleston, S.C., Feb. 19, 2016. 
  • Donald Trump supporters rally in North Charleston, S.C., Feb. 19, 2016. 
  • Donald Trump gives a thumbs up at his victory party in Manchester, N.H., Feb. 8, 2016.
  • A supporter of Donald Trump at his victory party in New Hampshire, Feb. 9, 2016.
  • Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Marshalltown, Iowa, Jan. 26, 2016.
  • Donald Trump supporters are seen at a Town Hall event in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Jan. 31, 2016.
  • Donald Trump supporters are seen at a Town Hall event in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Jan. 31, 2016.
  • Donald Trump hosts an event to raise money for Veterans organizations in Des Moines, Iowa. The GOP frontrunner spoke to a record crowd at Drake University and was joined by special guests, including Senator Rick Santorum and Governor Mike Huckabee, as well as Veterans, on Jan. 28, 2016.
  • Donald Trump posters are seen on the floor at a Town Hall event in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Jan. 31, 2016.
  • Donald Trump’s daughter attends an event hosted by her father to raise money for Veterans organizations in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 28, 2016.
  • Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a town hall event in Rochester, N.H. on Sept. 17, 2015.
  • A photographer is reflected in window as Donald Trump leaves republican leadership summit on April 18, 2015.
  • Donald Trump supporters are seen at a Town Hall event in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Jan. 31, 2016.
  • Donald Trump at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Feb. 1, 2016.
  • Donald Trump at the Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H., April 18, 2015.
  • Donald Trump arrives in southern California on Sept. 15, 2015, for a campaign rally hosted by Veterans for a Strong America, just one day ahead of the second Republican presidential debate.
  • Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump gestures during a town hall event in Rochester, N.H. on Sept. 17, 2015.
  • Donald Trump speaks at a town hall event in Rochester, N.H. on Sept. 17, 2015.
  • Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump declined Thursday to correct a questioner at a town hall event who incorrectly stated that President Barack Obama is Muslim and said he’d be “looking at” claims of terrorist training camps on American soil. “We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims,” said the first man Trump called on to ask a question. “We know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American.” Despite controversial and factually incorrect comments, Donald Trump continues to lead the polls as the Republican frontrunner in the leadup to 2016.
  • Donald Trump and Ted Cruz argue on-screen at the Republican Presidential debate in North Charleston, S.C. on Jan. 14, 2016.
  • 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.
  • Members of the press take a selfie with Eric Trump in the media spin room after the Republican Presidential debate in North Charleston, S.C. on Jan. 14, 2016.
  • Donald Trump is photographed as he talks to the press in the media spin room after the Republican Presidential debate in North Charleston, S.C. on Jan. 14, 2016.
  • Supporters of Donald Trump attend a rally in Marshalltown, Iowa, Jan. 26, 2016.
  • Donald Trump takes selfies with supporters at a rally in Marshalltown, Iowa, Jan. 26, 2016.
  • Donald Trump supporters are seen at a rally in Marshalltown, Iowa, Jan. 26, 2016.
  • Donald Trump at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Feb. 1, 2016.
  • Donald Trump supporters at a rally in Marshalltown, Iowa, Jan. 26, 2016.
  • Members of the media at a Town Hall event for Donald Trump in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Jan. 31, 2016.
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is seen at his “Make America’s Military Great Again” rally, which was held aboard the retired USS Iowa battleship, in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sept. 15, 2015.
  • Donald Trump supporters are seen at a Town Hall event in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Jan. 31, 2016.
  • Donald Trump meets supporters at a rally in Marshalltown, Iowa, Jan. 26, 2016.
  • Anti-Donald Trump protestors are seen on the outside a Town Hall event in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Jan. 31, 2016.
  • Donald Trump appears on stage before his supporters at a caucus night party in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. Trump was expected by many to be the winner this evening, but came in behind Ted Cruz in the Iowa caucuses.

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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 photographer Mark Peterson for MSNBC Photography as part of his on-going body of work “Political Theatre” which examines the landscape of the American political system.

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