President Trump on Sunday pushed back on the Nevada governor’s criticism of his indoor rally that evening, saying the governor was partly responsible for the location of the event in his state.
Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) refused to let Trump hold his rally at six outdoor sites before the campaign chose Xtreme Manufacturing’s warehouse in Henderson, Trump told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Thousands of people attended.
“They canceled six different sites because the governor wouldn’t let it happen, all external sites,” Trump told the newspaper.
The event defied Nevada’s ban on gatherings of more than 50 people — a rule Trump told the Review-Journal he thought he was exempt from following.
He threw verbal stones at Sisolak, calling him a “political hack” and baselessly alleging Sisolak was attempting to rig the presidential election because of a new state law that requires mail-in ballots to be sent to all active, registered voters.
Sisolak fired his own criticisms Sunday evening, calling Trump’s rally “shameful, dangerous and irresponsible.”
“This is an insult to every Nevadan who has followed the directives, made sacrifices, and put their neighbors before themselves,” Sisolak wrote on Twitter. “It’s also a direct threat to all of the recent progress we’ve made, and could potentially set us back.”
Trump also told the Review-Journal he was “not at all concerned” about catching the coronavirus at his indoor rally.
“I’m on a stage, and it’s very far away,” he said.