- President Donald Trump held a rally in Nevada on Sunday that contradicted the rules of the state's coronavirus.
- At the event, only supporters behind the president who appeared on the event's television footage were required to wear masks. the Associated Press reported.
- Live stream recordings and images clearly show that supporters outside the camera did not wear masks or practice social distancing.
- Nevada Governor Steve Sisilak, a Democrat, accused the president of "reckless and selfish acts" that endangered lives.
- You can find more stories on the Business Insider homepage.
President Donald Trump violated state coronavirus rules, which prohibit gatherings of more than 50 people indoors, and held a crowded hall near Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday.
Most of the president's supporters attended the event at a warehouse in Henderson without wearing masks and did not practice social distancing, according to reports and pictures from the event.
But there was one exception.
According to the Associated PressThose standing directly behind the president who could be seen on the television news were instructed to wear face covers.
Images from live streams of the event, the White House pool report and news organizations show supporters in the crowded area in front of the stage where the president spoke. Most of the time they did not wear face coverings.
—Jérôme Cartillier (@jcartillier) September 14, 2020
The Trump campaign's own footage from the rally shows many supporters unmasked in this area.
In contrast, images of the president's hour-long speech show those gathered in a raised backstage area, almost all in face-coverings, in accordance with state authorities' mandates.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The move embodies the conflicting messages of the Trump campaign over the coronavirus, which killed nearly 200,000 Americans.
The president has tried to downplay the impact of the crisis, and in his speech on Sunday he railed against Democratic Nevada governor Steve Sisolak, calling on him to lift restrictions intended to slow the disease down. Around 1,500 people in Nevada have died from COVID-19.
"You just have a governor who is a political hacker," Trump told the audience. "By the way, tell your governor to open your state. Open your state."
Ordering that supporters be masked on camera may also be a partial concession to the Henderson authorities, who threatened to sue those responsible for conducting the event in violation of state rules. CNN reported.
Previously, Trump, a campaign spokesman, was back on criticism from the president for running an indoor rally The hill: "If you can join tens of thousands of people protesting on the street, gambling in a casino, or burning small businesses in riot, you can peacefully gather under Amendment 1 to hear from the President of the United States."
He said supporters would be encouraged to wear masks at the event and that attendees would be temperature controlled at the doors.
The rally was the first indoor Trump rally since meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June. The event was attended by businessman and former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, who fell ill with the coronavirus and died shortly afterwards.
In a statement on Sunday evening, Sisolak accused the president of "ruthless and selfish acts" that put lives in danger.