resident Donald Trump defended his decision to hold an indoor rally in Nevada on Sunday night in violation of state rules as he repeatedly slammed rival Joe Biden and told the crowd: ‘I’m what you need.’
The president riled up the few thousand supporters who gathered in a warehouse in the suburbs of Las Vegas to cheer on his re-election campaign.
He told the crowd how important their state would be in November in the contest against Biden, adding: ‘Maybe he’ll win because they don’t like me. They don’t like my personality. I hate to say it but I’m what you need. I’m what you need’ for the next four years.
‘We’re going to win four more years in the White House, and after we win four more years we’ll ask for maybe another four or so,’ he said.
Trump was criticized for his decision to hold the rally indoors, in a blatant violation of Nevada rules that limit gatherings to 50 people to try and contain the spread of the coronavirus.
There was no social distancing and few wore face masks – with a notable exception of those seated on the risers behind the president, the people who would appear on camera as he spoke.
‘If the governor comes after you, which he shouldn’t be doing, I’ll be with you all the way,’ he said during his 68-minute speech.
He thanked the owner of the Xtreme Manufacturing facility, who is facing state fines for allowing Trump to hold the event.
‘I want to thank him, Trump said, adding he was holding the rally because ‘this is the most important election in the history of the country.’
The rally resemebled those the president held before the country shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic – a hyped up crowd, a venue packed to the gills, cheering, shouting, laughing and all things celebrating Trump.
Even a protester couldn’t damage the mood. ‘All lives matter,’ the crowd yelled as the person was escorted out by security.
He called Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak of Nevada a ‘hack’ and told the cheering crowd: ‘Tell your governor to open up your state.’
Trump repeated his unproven claim that Democratic governors were keeping their states closed to rig the election in Biden’s favor.
‘They’re only doing it to affect the November election,’ he said.
‘You have to get out and vote,’ he told the crowd and he warned them: ‘And you have to make sure your ballot is counted because they may not count it this time.’
Row after row of Trump supporters crowded together in the Xtreme Manufacturing warehouse with many attendees appearing to be in the elderly, more at risk population. Some were parents with young children.
Very few people in the crowd of a few thousands were wearing masks. Social distancing was impossible in the packed venue, where an American flag hung behind the stage and cranes lined the wall. Two large Make America Great Again signs hung on either side of the stage.
It’s so crowded some people have climbed onto the cranes while others are on an extended wall above the main floor.
The atmosphere was festive and party-like with people waving signs, shouting ‘Trump, Trump, Trump,’ and, at one point, they did the wave.
The rally is a blatant violation of Nevada’s regulations on gatherings due to the coronavirus, which limits them to 50 people.
Sisolak unloaded on President Trump ahead of the rally, slamming him as taking ‘reckless and selfish actions’ with his rally.
‘Tonight, President Donald Trump is taking reckless and selfish actions that are putting countless lives in danger here in Nevada,’ he said.
‘The President appears to have forgotten that this country is still in the middle of a global pandemic,’ Sisolak added.
He pointed to the measures he has enacted to try and contain the dis….