Donald Trump's supporters packed themselves into a Nevada warehouse for the president's first rally in months on Sunday evening as the campaign defended the decision to hold the event in violation of Nevada coronavirus rules.
Row after row of supporters huddled with many participants who were apparently older and more at risk. Some are parents with young children.
Very few people in the crowd of several thousand people wear masks. Social distancing is impossible in the crowded venue, with an American flag hanging backstage and cranes lining the wall. Two large Make America Great Again signs hung on either side of the stage.
It's so crowded that some people have climbed the cranes while others are standing against an extended wall above the first floor.
The rally is an apparent violation of Nevada's convention regulations due to the coronavirus, which limits it to 50 people.
President Donald Trump's campaign defends the holding of the first indoor rally in months on Sunday evening in Nevada
Supporters wait for President Trump to speak at his rally; They're crammed into a warehouse with no social distance and few masks
The place was so full of pendants lined up on a wall above the warehouse floor
Cranes are located on the sides and corners of the warehouse, on which trailers sit
Supporters crowded into the venue, many wearing no masks
The rally comes after the last indoor campaign in Tulsa resulted in several employees and some intelligence agents testing positive for COVID.
"If you can join tens of thousands of people protesting on the street, gambling in a casino, or burning small businesses in riot, then under the 1st Amendment you can peacefully gather to hear from the President of the United States," said campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement.
Trump holds his rally in Henderson, Nevada after state officials disrupted his plans to hold an outdoor event at Las Vegas airport due to convention restrictions due to the coronavirus.
Instead, the campaign planned to visit the Xtreme Manufacturing facility, about 15 miles from Las Vegas, where the president will speak in a warehouse there.
Henderson officials have warned Xtreme Manufacturing that if the rally continues, it will violate state regulations.
& # 39; The City of Henderson provided the organizer with a letter of compliance and an oral warning that the scheduled event would directly violate the governor's COVID-19 emergency guidelines. In particular, gatherings of more than 50 people in private or public are prohibited, ”said Kathleen Richards, spokeswoman for the city of Henderson, told CNN.
She said there could be a fine of up to $ 500 per violation.
& # 39; Large live events must be approved by the Nevada Department of Business and Industry, Labor Relations Department. At this point in time, the city has not yet been notified that this event has been approved. The city can impose a fine of up to $ 500 per breach of governor's policy, as well as suspend or revoke the business license, ”she said.
Supporters wait in line to attend the Great American Comeback Event rally for President Trump
Casey Karlen and his son McKay Karlen wait for President Donald Trump during a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing in Henderson, a suburb of Las Vegas
A supporter wears a Trump 2020 face mask at the President Trump rally in Henderson, Nevada
Trump railed against Democratic governor Steve Sisolak for canceling his planned events for the critical battlefield state. Officials also canceled Trump's plans for a rally at Reno Airport, but the campaign moved them to a more conservative county 45 minutes away so it could go ahead as planned.
"The governor tried to stop us," said Trump on Saturday night. "He's a political hack."
"He's the guy who tried to silence us by not having, but our crowd has grown a lot bigger," the president boasted as the crowd roared their approval at his rally.
Trump's rally in Minden, Nevada, on Saturday night also violated restrictions on gatherings with thousands of attendees, without social distancing and with few face masks.
Given the conditions for Sunday's rally in Henderson, some TV networks have decided not to send their camera crews and correspondents to the event. There will still be a pool camera inside to record it, CNN reported.
The Trump campaign found that everyone attending the event would be given a temperature check, a mask they should wear, and access to numerous hand sanitizers on the Sunday evening prior to admission.
However, the same precautions were taken three months ago in Tulsa, where eight campaigners and two intelligence agents tested positive for coronavirus after Trump held a rally there in June.
The Trump campaign will use the same safeguards as the president's June rally in Tulsa (above), where eight employees and two intelligence agents tested positive for COVID
The rally was both politically and personally embarrassing for Trump as the expected crowds failed to show up and rows of empty blue seats were left in the arena
Herman Cain attended President Trump's rally in Tulsa on June 20, where he tweeted the above photo. He died of COVID in July, although his staff said it was unclear where he contracted the disease
All campaign workers who attended the June 20 rally in Tulsa were quarantined for security reasons, as were several intelligence agents who had contact with the two who tested positive.
Trump had urged a major election rally to get Americans back to their normal routine after months of staying indoors due to the COVID pandemic that killed nearly 200,000 Americans.
But the aftermath of the Tulsa rally – which led to heavy criticism of the president for holding it, and Oklahoma state officials complaining about the event, led to an increase in COVID cases in the state – eventually led to it Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale has been replaced.
Oklahoma health officials warned of the dangers of the indoor event.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended the decision at the time, saying it was "people's individual choice as to whether to leave," noting that the campaign was handing out masks.
But the rally was both politically and personally embarrassing to Trump.
The location was chosen because Oklahoma was well into the reopening process after the COVID lockdown. Plus, it's a deep red condition that should show Trump a lot of support and enthusiasm.
The President and Parscale had both boasted that a million tickets had been requested for the event, just for the 19,000-seat BOK Center, which Tulsa officials said could hold 6,200 people.
Scenes from the event, one after the other, showed empty blue seats staring at Trump on his alleged campaign comeback.
The high volume of ticket requests led the campaign to plan an outdoor event to handle the expected amount of overflow – it only had to be canceled at the last minute when people hadn't shown up.
In addition, Herman Cain took part in the rally. He died of the coronavirus a month later. The White House said he didn't sign it at the Tulsa event, and Cain's staff said it wasn't clear where he got the disease from.
He tested positive on June 29th and was hospitalized on July 1st. He died on July 30th at the age of 74.
Trump's rallies subsequently took place outdoors, usually at airport hangings, until he will hold his indoor event on Sunday.
As part of the campaign, attendees sign a health waiver in case they fall ill at a Trump gathering.
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