According to CNN, President Donald Trump will hold an indoor rally for the first time in three months on Sunday evening. The event will be held at Xtreme Manufacturing’s warehouse in Henderson, Nevada, and comes at the tail-end of Trump’s weekend campaigning trip in the western battleground state. Trump’s last indoor rally was held in June in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The event was poorly attended, and local officials reported an immediate spike in COVID-19 cases after the fact. Since the June rally, the majority of Trump’s events have been held outdoors.
If Sunday’s rally goes on as expected, it’ll be in direct violation of Nevada’s restrictions on gatherings of over 50 people. CNN reported that the town of Henderson has already warned Xtreme Manufacturing of its violation. "The City of Henderson has issued a compliance letter and verbal warning to the event organizer that the event as planned would be in direct violation of the governor's COVID-19 emergency directives. Specifically, gatherings of more than 50 people in a private or public setting is prohibited," said City of Henderson spokeswoman Kathleen Richards. "Large live events must be approved by the Nevada Department of Business and Industry, Division of Industrial Relations and at this time, the City has not been notified that this event has been approved.”
According to the Associated Press, attendees will have their temperatures checked before entering but will not be required to social distance or wear masks. “If you can join tens of thousands of people protesting in the streets, gamble in a casino, or burn down small businesses in riots, you can gather peacefully under the 1st Amendment to hear from the President of the United States,” campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said.
Trump’s decision to proceed with an indoor rally follows a rollercoaster week for his campaign. Among other things, the president came under attack for withholding information from the public about how deadly the virus was, including the fact that it was airborne and could spread easily among mass gatherings of people in confined, indoor spaces.
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