Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will hold a rally in Des Moines, Iowa this afternoon.
Trump will speak from the Seven Flags Event Center in Des Moines beginning at 12:00 p.m. Central Time. The event can be viewed in the embedded YouTube player via Right Side Broadcasting.
The Republican candidate last visited Des Moines in early August, not long after accepting his party’s nomination at the Republican National Convention. He also held back-to-back rallies in the state the week before that. Iowa is one of the states to watch in the 2016 election, and although Barack Obama won it in 2008 and 2012, Trump is actually leading in the state’s polls. Real Clear Politics’ polling average has Trump ahead of Clinton 42.3 percent to 41.5 percent. And FiveThirtyEight currently forecasts that both candidates have roughly a 50 percent chance of winning Iowa.
At his Iowa rally, Trump will likely continue to slam Hillary Clinton for her recent remarks that about half of his supporters are “deplorables.” During two separate speeches yesterday, Trump argued that this is an example of Clinton looking down upon the American people and running a hate-filled campaign.
“The disdain that Hillary Clinton expressed toward millions of Americans disqualifies her from public service,” Trump said. “You cannot run for president if you have such contempt in your heart for the American voter.”
Trump has also called on Clinton to apologize for these remarks. Clinton has expressed regret for using the word “half,” though she stands by her statement that there do exist many deplorable people inside of Trump’s base.
Later this evening, Trump will hold a second rally in Aston, Pennsylvania, where he will be joined by his daughter, Ivanka Trump.