But as the campaign falters and Trump spins tales of a media conspiracy, the scene appears to be getting even uglier.
In Ohio on Thursday, Trump claimed that allegations he groped several women were “lies, corruption and false accusations of the crooked Hillary campaign and the mainstream media,” according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Earlier in the day in Florida, he said the media was at “war,” with an agenda to elect Clinton “at any cost, at any price, no matter how many lives they destroy.”
These and similar comments have whipped the crowds into a frenzy of anger. Here are some tweets and images showing what it’s like to cover a Trump rally at this stage of the campaign:
Also on Thursday, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued a statement calling Trump “an unprecedented threat to the rights of journalists.”
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.