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Trump indoor Nevada rally ‘likely to violate state Covid rules’ as campaign defends speech by likening it to ‘protest’

DONALD Trump plans to hold an indoor campaign rally that thousands are expected to attend in a suburb of Las Vegas on Sunday.

The rally, slated to be held inside an Xtreme Manufacturing facility in Henderson, Nevada, will likely violate the state’s restrictions on the size of gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.


“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,” City of Henderson spokeswoman Kathleen Richards told CNN in a statement.

She added: “Specifically, gatherings of more than 50 people in a private or public setting is prohibited.”

Trump, at a large outdoor rally in Minden on Saturday, slammed the state’s Democratic governor Steve Sisolak – who accused of trying “very hard” to stop the campaign from holding the event on Saturday.

Saturday’s rally was initially scheduled to be held at the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority but that was held at another location in nearby Minden after the site was rejected because the number of visitors was expected to violate the state’s coronavirus social distancing orders.

“The governor of your state tried very hard to stop us from having this event tonight,” Trump said.

He continued: “We called this a protest because if you call it a protest, you’re allowed to have it.”

Trump also claimed that Sisolak could “rig the election” against him.

“He’s in charge of the election and the millions of ballots. So if I’m up millions of votes, he can rig the election,” Trump said.

Trump, who operates the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas, headed for Sin City after his campaign event on Saturday.

In April, he said he was “OK” with Sisolak closing non-essential businesses, including Las Vegas casinos, USA Today reported.

“They closed a big hotel down in Nevada that I have in Las Vegas. It’s a very severe step he took. I’m OK with it,” Trump said.

The campaign will give temperature checks to all upon entrance and masks will be encouraged but not mandated, a reporter for the Associated Press tweeted.

This would be Trump’s first indoor rally since June, when he held a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma attended by Herman Cain – who later died after he contracted the coronavirus at the event.

Trump narrowly lost Nevada, a swing state, to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

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