(Right Country) – Try as they might, the Democrats are unable to use coronavirus as an excuse to damage Trump politically, at least when it comes to his signature rallies.
You could tell from the beginning of the crisis that the left was almost giddy with excitement over the prospect that the energetic and well-attended rallies, a signature of both his first campaign and his presidency, would not take place were the pandemic to drag into summer (which, of course, it did).
Now, Democrat governors are trying to do what they can to prevent him from rallying in their states…but it’s not working.
On Sunday, Trump defied Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (D), who made a big fuss ahead of the president’s first indoor rally since Tulsa, and second since coronavirus lockdowns began back in March.
The rally attracted well over the state’s mandate of just 50 people present at such an event.
“You have a governor right now who is a political hack,” Trump told the crowd bluntly.
“And tell your governor to open up your state, by the way. Open up your state,” Trump added.
Sisolak tweeted that the rally would doom his state.
“This is an insult to every Nevadan who has followed the directives, made sacrifices, and put their neighbors before themselves. It’s also a direct threat to all of the recent progress we’ve made, and could potentially set us back,” the governor tweeted Saturday.
This is an insult to every Nevadan who has followed the directives, made sacrifices, and put their neighbors before themselves. It’s also a direct threat to all of the recent progress we’ve made, and could potentially set us back.
— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) September 14, 2020
“President Donald Trump is taking reckless and selfish actions that are putting countless lives in danger here in Nevada,” he declared. “The President appears to have forgotten that this country is still in the middle of a global pandemic.”
While wrapping up the rally, Trump told his supporters not to worry if the governor tries to punish those who attended.
“If the governor comes after you, which he shouldn’t be doing, I’ll be with you all the way. I’ll be with you all the way. Don’t worry about a thing,” he said.
The rally was also opposed by local city officials in Henderson.
“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. Specifically, gatherings of more than 50 people in a private or public setting is prohibited,” Henderson spokeswoman Kathleen Richards said in a statement, CNN reported.
“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.”
The Trump campaign was quick to note the glaring hypocrisy of such an order.
“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 First Amendment to hear from the president of the United States,” spokesman Tim Murtaugh said, The Hill reported.