President Donald Trump resumed his indoor campaign rallying for the first time in three months on Sunday, Sept. 13, and the event in Nevada saw an overwhelming attendance despite CCP Virus (coronavirus) concerns.
The rally was held inside the Xtreme Manufacturing facility in Henderson, attracting thousands of attendees who Trump called “Great American Patriots.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2020
This is the president’s first large indoor rally since the one in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June which the Trump campaign said about 12,000 people attended, becoming one of the largest indoor gatherings in the world during the CCP Virus pandemic.
During the weekend event, Trump told the crowd that the United States is “making the last turn” in defeating the CCP Virus, The Associated Press reported.
“We are not shutting the country again. A shutdown would destroy the lives and dreams of millions Americans,” he said. “We will very easily defeat the China virus.”
The president also unleashed a series of attacks on Joe Biden, labeling the Democratic presidential candidate a tired career politician and declared him “unfit to be president.”
Trump suggested that his Democratic rival was taking drugs and was soft on crime.
“Biden wants to appease domestic terrorists and my plan is to arrest domestic terrorists,” Trump told the enthusiastic crowd. “If Biden wins, the mob wins.”
When Trump told the attendees that his predecessor, former President Barrack Obama, got caught spying on the 2016 Trump campaign, the crowd reacted by chanting “Lock him up.”
According to The Hill, President Trump has recently ratcheted up rhetoric on Obama, accusing his predecessor in June of committing “treason” while touting the upcoming results of the Justice Department’s investigation into the origins of the probe into the Trump campaign.
“Treason. Treason. It’s treason,” the president told CBN News in June. “They’d been spying on my campaign. Turned out I was right. Let’s see what happens to them now.”
President Trump hosted the indoor rally in Nevada amid criticism from the city officials, according to CNN.
“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 [CCP Virus] emergency directives. Specifically, gatherings of more than 50 people in a private or public setting is prohibited,” a city official told CNN.
“Large live events must be approved by the Nevada Department of Business and Industry, Division of Industrial Relations and at this time, the city has not been notified that this event has been approved. The city may assess a fine of up to $500 per violation of the governor’s directives as well as suspend or revoke the business license,” they added.
Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh hit back, saying, “If you can join tens of thousands of people protesting in the streets, gamble in a casino, or burn down small businesses in riots, you can gather peacefully under the 1st Amendment to hear from the president of the United States.”