Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will hold a rally in Daytona Beach, Florida this afternoon, his first of two events scheduled in the state on Wednesday.
Trump’s event will be held at the Ocean Center convention center on Atlantic Ave, and it begins at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. It can be streamed in the embedded YouTube player via Right Side Broadcasting.
This town hall comes following perhaps the worst 24 hours for the Donald Trump campaign in recent memory. Within the past day, Trump drew outrage from GOP officials when he refused to endorse Paul Ryan and John McCain in their respective primaries; he kicked a crying baby and mother out of a rally; he was criticized when he received a veteran’s purple heart and said he has “always wanted one”; he said women who are victims of sexual harassment in the workplace should simply quit their job; he continued his feud with Khizar Khan, saying the father of a deceased Muslim veteran is unhappy with Trump’s plan to keep terrorists out of the country; President Obama publicly said that Trump is unfit to serve as president; Trump surrogate Katrina Pierson blamed President Obama and Hillary Clinton for the death of Humayun Khan, even though he died in 2004; several prominent GOP officials came out in support of Hillary Clinton; and a report from CNBC claimed that Trump’s campaign staff is currently “suicidal.”
All of this occurred within the past day. Presumably, Trump will address at least one of these controversies during his event in Daytona Beach.
Florida is considered to be an extremely important state in the 2016 election, and polls show that it is currently a tossup between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Real Clear Politics‘ polling average shows that Trump has a slight advantage over Clinton, 43.8 percent to 43.5 percent. But FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver’s election forecast website, predicts that Clinton has a 58.6 percent chance of winning Florida in November.
A few hours after the Daytona Beach rally, Trump will make a stop in Jacksonville, where he will hold a rally at 7:00 p.m. at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.