Speculation over whether Donald Trump was battling the sniffles Monday night during the first presidential debate is all but an afterthought as the Republican nominee's stamina showed no signs of wear and tear Tuesday in Florida, where he hosted a Miami town hall event hours before he was slated to take the stage at a rally in the city of Melbourne.
News pundits declared his Democratic counterpart Hillary Clinton the victor in the debate, which likely means Trump will come out Tuesday night with his oratory guns ablazing, especially considering what has been reported as his failure to take advantage of perceived moments of weakness displayed by his rival one night earlier.
The rally, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., is being held at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport's AeroMod. To watch the rally live, click here or scroll down to the end of the article to watch an embedded live feed.
The billionaire businessman was in Miami Tuesday trying to shore up his support among minorities by courting the Hispanic vote during a town hall in Miami in the city's Little Havana neighborhood. About 150 people were in attendance and showered the nominee with chants of "Trump!" and "U.S.A.," the Sun Sentinel reported.
It was a night-and-day change from the debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where Trump was scrutinized for cavalier comments about the appearance of women in general and Clinton in particular. “She doesn’t have the look,” Trump said to explain in part why he thinks Clinton isn't worthy of winning the White House.
He then appeared to brag about being "smart" when Clinton charged Trump didn't pay any federal taxes -- something Clinton manipulated Tuesday to her advantage when she asked a crowd at her own rally in North Carolina that if Trump says he's smart for allegedly not paying his fair share in taxes, does that mean then that tax payers are not smart?
Trump blamed his poor performance in part on Lester Holt, the debate's moderator, as well as what he said was a malfunctioning microphone. “I don’t know if you saw that in the room, but my microphone was terrible. I wonder, was it set up that way on purpose?” Trump said Tuesday morning during an appearance on "Fox and Friends."
Clinton pounced when prompted by a reporter who asked what she thought of Trumps claims. “Anybody who complains about the microphone is not having a good night,” she said aboard her campaign plane before departing White Plains, New York for North Carolina.
Watch a live feed of Tuesday night's Trump rally in Melbourne, Florida, below.