WASHINGTON – Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak beat up President Donald Trump on Sunday night for violating state rules by holding a 2020 campaign with thousands of people indoors.
In a long thread on Twitter, the Democratic governor said that Trump “knowingly packing thousands into an indoor area to hold a political rally” and “forgot that this country is still in the midst of a global pandemic”.
“This is an insult to any Nevadan who has followed orders, made sacrifices and put their neighbors in front of them,” Sisolak said. “It’s also a direct threat to all of the recent advances 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 “ruthless and selfish acts”.
Trump held his first indoor rally in months in Henderson, Nevada. Aides said that each participant would have their temperature checked before entering the venue and be given a mask to wear. They also had access to hand sanitizer. However, as with the President’s recent rallies, most supporters did not wear face coverings.
Henderson authorities said in a statement late Sunday that officials had written and verbal warnings to organizers that they must follow the governor’s instructions, including not to gather in groups of more than 50 people, wear face covers and social distancing.
In response to the criticism the campaign received for running the indoor rally, Tim Murtaugh, communications director for the 2020 Trump campaign, said in a statement, “If you can join in the tens of thousands of people protesting on the street play a casino or burn. ” With small businesses in turmoil, you can peacefully gather under Amendment 1 to hear from the President of the United States. “
The president also held a rally on the tarmac at Minden-Tahoe Airport in Nevada on Saturday, during which most people did not wear masks or practice social distancing.