The Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2016 started on June 16, 2015 when businessman Donald Trump announced his candidacy for President of the United States in the 2016 election. Trump has campaigned to be the nominee previously. He made the announcement at a rally in the Trump Tower in New York City.
On November 9, 2016, following the election, Trump was elected President of the United States, while his running mate Mike Pence was elected Vice President of the United States.
Trump declared, "We are going to make our country great again" and he made a commitment to become the "greatest jobs president." Trump's official campaign slogan is "Make America Great Again." (which was Ronald Reagan's campaign slogan, but Trump trademarked it).
Trump is opposed to illegal immigration and has promised to build a wall on the US-Mexico border, and believes that illegal immigrants already in this country should be deported. He is against the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Trump also proposed banning Muslims from entering the United States, an idea that many Republicans criticized as unconstitutional. He also supports reforming the tax code.
Front runner status
A survey conducted by The Economist / YouGov released July 9, 2015 became significant as the first major nationwide poll to show Trump as the 2016 Republican presidential front-runner. A Suffolk/USA Today poll released on July 14, 2015, showed Trump with 17% support among Republican voters, with Jeb Bush at 14%. A Washington Post/ABC News poll taken on July 16–19, showed Trump had 24% Republican support, over Scott Walker at 13%. A CNN/ORC poll showed Trump in the lead at 18% support among Republican voters, over Jeb Bush at 15%, and a CBS News poll from August 4 showed Trump with 24% support, Bush second at 13%, and Walker third at 10%.
On May 4, 2016, Trump became the presumptive nominee after his only challengers Texas United States senator Ted Cruz and Governor of Ohio John Kasich dropped out. Trump has been opposed by other Republicans. Several prominent Republican politicians have refused to endorse him, and his candidacy has been protested by many people.
|List of Donald Trump endorsements
- State Legislators
- Nine New Hampshire State Representatives: Jenn Coffey (former), Fred Doucette, Lou Gargiulo (former), Werner Horn, Paula Johnson (former), Joe Pitre, Stephen Stepanek (Deputy Majority Leader), Dan Tamburello, Joshua Whitehouse.
- South Carolina State Senator: John Russell (former, also former rep, son of former Governor Donald S. Russell)
- South Carolina State Representative: James H. Merrill (former Majority Leader)
- Alabama State Representative: Ed Henry.
- Hillary Rodham Clinton, A stank ass creature and, the democratic nominee.
- Mark Cuban, billionaire businessman and owner of Dallas Mavericks
- Carl Icahn, billionaire activist investor
- Charles Kushner, real estate developer and co-owner of Kushner Properties
- Jared Kushner, businessman, co-owner of Kushner Properties, owner of The New York Observer, son-in-law of the candidate
- Phil Ruffin, billionaire businessman and partner of Trump Hotel Las Vegas
- Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., daughter and sons of the candidate, EVPs of The Trump Organization
- Celebrities, Commentators, and Activists
- Alan Cobb, former political adviser to Koch Industries
- Gary Busey, actor
- Tom Brady, NFL quarterback
- Ann Coulter, political commentator and writer
- Adam Curry, political commentator and former MTV VJ
- Mike Ditka, retired NFL coach and television commentator
- Lou Ferrigno, actor and bodybuilder
- Jim Gilchrist, leader and co-founder of the Minuteman Project
- Michael Glassner, political operative, former senior aide to Sen. Bob Dole and Sarah Palin
- Hulk Hogan, professional wrestler, actor, television personality, entrepreneur and musician
- Tim Jost, deputy finance director on Romney for Governor, deputy CFO and assistant treasurer for Romney'12
- Corey Lewandowski, national director of voter registration of Americans for Prosperity
- Matt Light, retired NFL offensive tackle
- Ted Nugent, musician, singer-songwriter and political activist
- Sam Nunberg, former director of the Middle East Forum's Legal Project and deputy political director of the American Center for Law & Justice
- Terrell Owens, retired NFL wide receiver and television personality
- Trisha Paytas, YouTube personality and entertainer
- Dennis Rodman, retired professional basketball player and television personality
- Michael Savage, radio host
- Ivana Trump, ex-wife of the candidate, socialite and former athlete and fashion model
- Herschel Walker, retired NFL running back
- Chuck Yeager, retired Air Force brigadier general and record-setting test pilot
- Iowa: Chuck Laudner (political operative, former Iowa GOP executive director and chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Steve King, Iowa manager for Santorum'12), Chris Hupke (president of the SD Family Policy Council), Ryan Keller (political operative), Brad Nagel (retired Navy SEAL).
- New Hampshire: Andrew Georgevits (vice chairman of Concord City GOP), Matt Ciepielowski (former NH field director of Americans for Prosperity, Ron Paul'12 Louisiana regional coordinator), Jerry DeLemus (former Marine, arranger of NH "Draw Muhammad" art contest)
- South Carolina: Ed McMullen (former president of the South Carolina Policy Council), Jeff Taillon (former director of advance under Governor Nikki Haley)
- California: Jamiel Shaw Sr and Iraq war veteran Sgt. Anita Shaw, parents of Jamiel Shaw Jr., high school football player killed by an illegal immigrant
Images for kids
Trump at an early campaign event in New Hampshire on July 16, 2015
The initial campaign wordmark was featured extensively in campaign merchandise.
Initial updated Trump campaign logo reflecting the adoption of Mike Pence as Donald Trump's vice-presidential candidate, but later replaced
Trump speaks at an Arizona rally in March 2016.
Trump delivering a speech in August 2016
Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona
Paul Ryan meets with Donald Trump and Mike Pence on Capitol Hill after their election
Trump receives blessing from Greek Orthodox priest Emmanuel Lemelson, September 30, 2015
Trump, his wife Melania, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Eric Trump, February 1, 2016
A protest sign in New York City