Trump’s campaign on Wednesday vowed to continue with events planned this weekend in Nevada after the originally scheduled venues pulled out, citing meeting restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The president will stop in Reno and Las Vegas on Saturday and Sunday for two demonstrations and a fundraiser. The Las Vegas Review-Journal first reported that the events, scheduled at Reno-Tahoe International Airport and McCarran International Airport, respectively, had been canceled.
The campaign signaled that the events would still take place, but offered few details on the timing or location.
“President Trump will travel to Nevada on the scheduled dates. Further details will be announced soon, “Tim Murtaugh, director of communications for the Trump campaign, said in a statement.
Murtaugh accused Democrats of “trying to stop President Trump from speaking to voters because they know the enthusiasm behind his re-election campaign cannot be matched by Joe BidenJoe Biden Trump, supporters gather without masks in North Carolina despite request from local GOP official Democrats fear 2016 will repeat itself despite Biden’s lead in Trump polls: Harris would be an ‘insult’ as first female president MORE. “
Adam Laxalt, a Nevada co-president of the Trump campaign, had done so tweeted last Wednesday to condemn the “cancellation” of the president’s “meeting venues” in Nevada.
Nevada Gov. Steve SisolakSteve Sisolak More than 500 visitors to Nevada have tested positive for COVID-19 since June: Trump’s campaign sues three Iowa counties for absentee referrals Trump’s campaign sues New Jersey for mail-order vote MORE (D) issued a directive in May limiting rallies to 50 people or less in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus. But the governor’s office denied it had any role in airports in undoing the events of Trump’s campaign, according to the Review-Journal.
“This has nothing to do with politics. The letter we sent is about directives and safety and not political campaigns, “Daren Griffin, president and CEO of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority said in a statement.” We would have kept our tenants at the same level whether it was to a Democratic or Republican rally or any other kind of meeting. We are following the governor’s directive and Washoe County recommendation during a pandemic. “
The weekend demonstrations would mark Trump’s first trip to Nevada since February. Trump’s campaign saw Nevada as a potential tipping opportunity after the president lost the state Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton Democrats fear 2016 will repeat itself despite Biden lead in polls Analysis: 2018 ‘blue wave’ due in part to surge in voters who did not vote in 2016 Hillicon Valley: Electoral officials prepare for the new battle of Russian interference | Online Fans’ “Markeyverse” Helps Defeat a Kennedy | GOP senators unveil bill to further update protections for technology liability of around 27,000 votes in 2016.
In recent weeks, the president has resumed holding his usual large electoral demonstrations, even as state officials impose restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Trump rallied supporters to outdoor venues and aircraft hangars in Arizona, New Hampshire, Minnesota, and North Carolina. Hundreds of attendees gathered at each event, many of whom remained without face cover despite local and federal guidance.
Trump and his allies have responded to criticism of large rallies in the midst of the pandemic by describing them as “peaceful protests,” a blow to what they claim is a double standard in coverage of the large rallies against racial injustice that have taken place across the country.