Trump and Clinton work to woo veterans in battleground state
On Thursday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke in the battleground state of Ohio, where the 98th American Legion Convention brought together thousands of veterans and their families from across the United States.
Trump’s speech came after a last-minute trip to Mexico, where he met with President Enrique Peña Nieto, and one day after his rival Hillary Clinton addressed the American Legion Convention. Both candidates have worked to make veterans’ affairs an important point of their campaign platforms.
“I just came back from a wonderful meeting with the president of Mexico where I expressed my deep respect for the people of his country and for the tremendous contributions from Mexican-Americans in our country. And they have made a tremendous contribution. Many are in our armed services. You know how good they are,” Trump said at the convention, which took place in Cincinnati, Ohio. He also took the opportunity to jab at Clinton’s emails, which he described as “bleached.”
During Clinton’s Wednesday speech at to the same convention, she slammed Trump for referring to the U.S. military as “a disaster.”
“You don’t build a coalition by insulting our friends or acting like a loose cannon,” she added.
Veteran’s issues are particularly at the forefront in Ohio, a swing state that narrowly delivered a win for Barack Obama in 2012. Recent polls show Clinton with a lead over Trump in the state, and she used her speech at the American Legion Convention to continue emphasizing her foreign policy credentials while denouncing Trump’s inflammatory remarks.
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.