Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been looking to get back on track after falling well behind his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the polls. He'll focus on a swing state Tuesday evening, delivering remarks at a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
His scheduled remarks will follow those hours earlier Tuesday when the New York billionaire appeared to suggest that "the Second Amendment people" could have the final say as to whether Clinton is elected and picks U.S. Supreme Court nominees. Trump's comments were translated by his opponents to be veiled encouragement of gun-related violence against Clinton, while his supporters preferred to focus more on the Supreme Court implications than the Second Amendment's right to bear arms.
As is usually the case with Trump, it's nearly impossible to confidently predict what he will say or do next, but his speech in Fayetteville Tuesday evening will likely answer both questions. The rally starts at 6 p.m. EDT, and you can find a live stream of the rally here or simply scroll to the bottom of the page, where the video feed is embedded.
Trump couldn't stop hurting his own campaign last week after the Democratic National Convention provided a bump to Clinton. Chief among those mistakes was attacking the Muslim family of a fallen U.S. soldier. Monday he struck a more neutral tone to start the week, delivering a speech on economic policy in Detroit. Wrote CNN:
"Leaving his unconventional political persona at home, Trump went to the Detroit Economic Club, a traditional venue where generations of presidential candidates have spoken. He laid out more substance on his economic plans than ever before and made a significant move toward conservative orthodoxy on tax policy..."
Trump's last trip to Fayetteville brought turmoil, when a young protester at a March rally was attacked by a supporter of the GOP candidate. In a now famous video clip, 78-year-old John McGraw punched 26-year-old Rakeem Jones as he was being led out of the venue. Authorities have said they've ramped up security and that police will be on high alert.
A Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday showed Clinton had overtaken Trump for a very slight lead in North Carolina and the Real Clear Politics average of polls for the state shows a similar lead. The Real Clear Politics average for national polls has Clinton up by 7.5 points.