Donald Trump on Thursday secured the delegates he needs to become the Republican Party’s presidential nominee. On May 26 the Associated Press declared that Donald Trump has won 1,238 delegates (counting unpledged), one vote above the minimum delegates needed, enough to claim the Republican nomination outright.
It takes 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination. With 303 delegates at stake in five State primaries on June 7, 2016, Trump is expected to easily pad his total.
However, many claim it is too early to assume Trump’s victory. Trump will not formally accept the party’s nomination until the delegates cast their votes on the convention floor in July.
The presumptive nominee of the Republican party, Trump unleashed attack on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday on her policies on energy, guns, the economy and international affairs.
Trump announced his decision to compete for the Republican presidential nomination on June 16 last year. Since then Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric and caustic statements have earned widespread criticism and have been alarming to many at home and abroad. He called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and promised to build a wall between the US and Mexico. He also proposed banning entry of Muslims into the US for an indeterminate time and criticised women for their looks.
Born to a New York real estate magnate, Trump had risen to fame in the 1980s and 1990s overseeing major real estate deals. He has hosted “The Apprentice” TV show and authored more than a dozen books. Between 1996 and 2015 Trump also owned part or all of the Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA beauty pageants.