President Donald Trump boasted that Nevada's governor "failed" to prevent him from holding a series of indoor events that violated the state's COVID-19 rules, including a large rally.
Trump tweeted Monday night: "We had great rallies last weekend after the Nevada Governor worked very hard to cancel all of our venues. Despite the fact that he controls the state, he failed but would have preferred to gather outside. " ""
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2020
Trump held his big Sunday rally inside, contrary to state rules, to try to stop the coronavirus.
Other events had to be reorganized after the original venues were withdrawn due to coronavirus restrictions. Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited in the state.
Trump accused Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak on Saturday of saying: "He tried to stop us. He couldn't, and now he is responsible for the choice," he said.
The footage from the Sunday event shows that the rally participants wore neither masks nor social distancing. The Associated Press reported that only supporters who were directly behind Trump and would appear on television had to wear masks.
Sisolak, a Democrat, accused Trump in a statement on Sunday night of "reckless and selfish acts" that endangered life.
"Tonight, President Donald Trump is taking ruthless and selfish measures that are putting countless lives here in Nevada at risk," he tweeted.
– Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) September 14, 2020
"Despite reports from his own White House, despite local officials in southern and northern Nevada reiterating existing restrictions on state emergency policies at venues, the president is knowingly packing thousands into an indoor area tonight to hold a political rally," he said.
"The president seems to have forgotten that this country is still in the middle of a global pandemic."
He said of Trump: "To be very clear, he didn't have the courage to make difficult decisions – he left that to the governors and the states. Now he's decided that he doesn't have to respect the laws of our state. As usual, he doesn't think the rules apply to him. "
"Instead, he came to our state and openly ignored the emergency policies and difficult decisions that were being made to fight this pandemic and reopen our economy by hosting an indoor gathering, which its own CDC calls 'high risk' has been classified. "
Sisolak signed the order banning groups of over 50 people in May. Denied his office The Las Vegas Review Journal that it had something to do with venues canceling the campaign.
Daren Griffin, President and CEO of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, said after two airports hosting Trump events canceled them: "This has nothing to do with politics. The letter we sent is about guidelines and security, not political campaigns. "
Sunday's event marked Trump's first indoor rally since he held one in Tulsa, Oklahoma in June.
In his tweets about Sisolak on Monday, Trump also continued his unsubstantiated claims that Democrats are trying to rig the elections.
He tweeted, "Can you imagine this man in charge of the voting papers in Nevada? Not fair, rigged elections! @GovSisolak, will use every trick in the book to cheat with voting papers."
His tweet, reflecting similar comments he made during his assembly speech, continued his unproven narrative that postal ballot papers are unsafe and a resulting democratic victory would mean the election is rigged.
NBC also noted that the governor of the state of Nevada does not monitor the elections or their results.