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Donald Trump’s America

Holly Bailey
National Correspondent
Yahoo News Photo Staff

From the moment he rode down a golden escalator at Trump Tower in June 2015 to announce he was officially running for president, Donald Trump been an unconventional candidate.

Written off as a joke almost from the start by the GOP establishment, the celebrity businessman nonetheless persevered, mounting an insurgent campaign that surprised almost everybody and left a bitterly divided Republican Party in its wake.

Trump eschewed the normal path to the presidency, opting to hold massive rallies with thousands of people instead of the usual small meet-and-greets that many in early voting states prefer. Along the way, he survived gaffes and political missteps that would have ended any other candidate’s White House aspirations. His controversial views on immigration and heated rhetoric on Muslims and race have prompted critics to describe him as the most polarizing candidate in a generation.

For nearly a year, I’ve covered Donald Trump, pursuing the candidate through small towns in Iowa to even the rolling dunes of his golf courses overseas. But sometimes it takes more than words to capture the unique phenomenon of his campaign — the quirkiness of the candidate, who claims to despise the media but can’t stop talking to them; his rabid supporters who see him as someone who can rise above politics as usual to turn the country around; and the many protesters who see him as dangerous to America’s future.

At every stop, I’ve used my iPhone to capture the most unusual campaign I ever covered, trying to offer a lens into Donald Trump’s America.

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Donald Trump’s America

A Trump supporter poses outside the candidate’s rally on May 2 in Carmel, Ind. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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Campaign signs positioned in the stands at a Trump campaign rally April 18, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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Donald Trump holds on to his hat while speaking to reporters on June 25 at his golf course outside Aberdeen, Scotland. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A Trump supporter in a patriotic shirt at a campaign rally, July 6, Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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Donald Trump is seen on a placemat at an Asian restaurant in Boston, Mass. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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Dozens of reporters follow Donald Trump in golf carts during a rolling press conference on June 25 at his golf course outside Aberdeen, Scotland. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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An anti-Trump sign on the ground outside a Trump campaign rally in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A woman wears a Donald Trump shirt at a Trump rally on June 17 in the Woodlands, Texas. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A Trump supporter in Donald Trump socks at a Trump rally on June 17 in the Woodlands, Texas. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A Secret Service agent guards the podium where Donald Trump was set to speak at an election night rally on June 7 in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A dog is seen next to a campaign sign at a Trump rally in the Woodlands, Texas. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A Trump supporter poses ahead of a campaign rally on June 16 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A reporter sleeps on a dune while awaiting the arrival of Donald Trump at his golf course on June 25 outside Aberdeen, Scotland. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A Trump supporter in Revolutionary War garb at a rally on June 16 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A journalist holds a Donald Trump mask he was using as a prop ahead of a campaign rally on June 14 in Greensboro, N.C. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A man wears a T-shirt featuring Donald Trump and Sarah Palin at a Trump campaign rally on June 14 in Greensboro, N.C. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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Donald Trump speaks to reporters in the spin room after a Republican presidential debate, Feb. 25, Houston, Texas. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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“Loopy, Cranky, Irritable.” Selections at the snack bar set up at a Trump rally, Feb. 26, Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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Two Trump supporters at the candidate’s caucus night rally, Feb. 23, Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A woman protests Donald Trump outside a Hillary Clinton rally, June 4, Fresno, Calif. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A Trump supporter in an American flag skirt outside a Trump rally, June 17, the Woodlands, Texas. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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Donald Trump takes questions from the press after receiving the endorsement of Ben Carson on March 11 at the Mar-a-Lago Beach Club, in Palm Beach, Fla. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A Trump supporter sits in traffic after a campaign rally, June 1, Sacramento, Calif. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A man wears a T-shirt featuring Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton ahead of a Trump rally, June 17, the Woodlands, Texas. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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Trump supporters await the candidate in 100-degree heat at a rally on June 1 in Sacramento, Calif. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A Trump supporter in a mink stole awaits the candidate at a campaign event on March 5 in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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Trump supporters await the candidate in 100-degree heat at a rally on June 1 in Sacramento, Calif. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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Two women protest Donald Trump by reading newspapers at his campaign rally on April 20 in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A Trump supporter poses ahead of the candidate’s election night event on March 15 in Palm Beach, Fla. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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San Diego law enforcement in riot gear stand off with protesters outside a Trump rally on May 27 in San Diego, Calif. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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Dillon Schmidt, 11, wears a “Bomb the shit out of ISIS” pin at a Trump rally on Jan. 26 in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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Riot police move in to quell protests outside a Donald Trump rally on May 25 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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Donald Trump poses with his family, including son-in-law Jared Kushner, daughter Ivanka, wife Melania and son Donald Jr., at a campaign event where he unofficially became the party’s presumptive nominee on May 3 in New York. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A woman with a cast decorated in support of Donald Trump at a campaign rally on May 25 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A Trump supporter poses at a campaign rally on May 25 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A Trump supporter shows his support for the GOP candidate on a car window on Feb. 26 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A Trump supporter dressed like Santa Claus poses at a campaign rally on May 25 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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Donald Trump stands with members of his staff and the Secret Service during a press conference on March 11 at the Mar-a-Lago Beach Club, in Palm Beach, Fla. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A Trump supporter awaits the candidate at a campaign rally on May 24 in Albuquerque. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A Secret Service member guards the golf course clubhouse where Donald Trump held his election night rally on June 7 in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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Protesters tangle with Trump supporters as the candidate speaks on stage during a rally on March 4 in New Orleans. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A Trump supporter awaits the candidate at a campaign rally on May 24 in Albuquerque. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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Trump supporters await the candidate at a campaign rally on May 24 in Albuquerque. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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Donald Trump speaks at an election night press conference on April 26 at Trump Tower in New York. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A woman wears a dress and carries a purse featuring photos of Donald Trump at the candidate’s rally on Feb. 26 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A Trump supporter wears a tank top depicting Ronald Reagan at a campaign rally on July 5 in Raleigh, N.C. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A Secret Service agent stands guard next to a table of Donald Trump-branded products ahead of the candidate’s election night press conference on March 8 in Jupiter, Fla. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A man with a “Bikers for Trump” T-shirt leans on a barricade outside a Trump campaign rally on April 18 in Buffalo, N.Y. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A pair of Trump supporters at the California GOP convention on April 29 in Burlingame, Calif. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A woman poses with a “I Heart Melania” shirt, in reference to Donald Trump’s wife, at the candidate’s rally on May 2 in Carmel, Ind. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A sign pointing to a Donald Trump rally is seen next to the slot machines inside the South Point Casino on Feb. 22 in Las Vegas. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A Trump supporter in fur outside a campaign event on Feb. 16 in Kiawah, S.C. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A Hillary Clinton beanbag game is seen at the California GOP convention on Apr. 29 in Burlingame, Calif. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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Street art depicting GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump in New York. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A Trump supporter films the crowd during a campaign rally on March 4 in New Orleans. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A Trump sign in the backyard of a supporter in West Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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