WASHINGTON – Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak criticized President Donald Trump for violating state rules by organizing an indoor 2020 campaign rally with thousands of people on Sunday night.
In a lengthy Twitter thread, the Democratic governor said Trump “is knowingly packing thousands of people in an indoor venue to hold a political rally” and has “forgotten that this country is still in the midst of a global pandemic.”
“This is an insult to any Nevadan who has followed directions, made sacrifices and put their neighbors before themselves,” Sisolak said. “It’s also a direct threat to all the recent progress we’ve made and could potentially set us back.”
The governor said of Trump: “As usual, he doesn’t believe the rules apply to him” and accused the president of “reckless and selfish actions”.
Trump held his first indoor rally in months in Henderson, Nevada. Assistants said each attendee would check their temperature before entering the venue and would be provided with a mask that they would be encouraged to wear. They also had access to hand sanitizer. However, like the president’s recent demonstrations, most supporters wore no face covers.
Henderson authorities said in a statement late Sunday that officials warned the event organizer in writing and verbally that they must obey the governor’s directives, which include not gathering in groups larger than 50 people, wearing covers for the face and social distancing.
In response to criticism from the campaign for organizing the indoor rally, Tim Murtaugh, the communications director of Trump’s 2020 campaign, said in a statement: “If you can join tens of thousands of people protesting on the streets, gamble in a casino or burn down small businesses during riots, you can gather peacefully under the 1st amendment to hear the president of the United States. “
The president also held a rally Saturday on the tarmac of Nevada’s Minden-Tahoe airport, where most people wore no masks or practiced social distancing.