Last weekend, defying both state emergency directives and federal public health guidelines, Donald Trump gathered thousands in Minden and again indoors in Henderson for campaign rallies. For months, Nevada has been under an emergency directive limiting in-person gatherings and the state has been designated a ‘red zone’ by the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The Trump campaign moved forward with these rallies despite warnings from Reno and Henderson officials.
As the Trump campaign canceled planned rallies at Reno and Las Vegas airports, the White House denied Nevada’s request for continued National Guard funding to help with the state’s coronavirus response despite agreeing to continue funding in five other states.
Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen, Congresswoman Dina Titus, and NV Dems Chair William McCurdy II released the following joint statement:
“By hosting these dangerous rallies, Donald Trump put the lives of Nevadans at further risk of contracting COVID-19. It is incredibly important that state and federal leaders work in sync to guard against the spread of a deadly virus that has already taken the lives of nearly 200,000 Americans and more than 1,400 Nevadans. Governor Sisolak and local officials have worked incredibly hard to curb both the health and economic impact of this virus, but Trump’s rallies could undo the months of concerted efforts from Nevadans who have followed these directives, stayed home, and socially distanced when necessary to be outside their home. In Nevada, we continue to work together at the state and federal levels to protect families, but in order to be successful, this coordinated effort must include President Trump. We deserve better than a president who is more concerned with his own reelection than the lives of Nevadans.”