First indoor event since Tulsa, a rally shorter than last night’s in the north,
“…what would you call convening a massive indoor rally amidst a pandemic in violation of state law?”
- Trump again mentions Las Vegas Metro Police Officer Shay Mikalonis, who was shot + paralyzed at the conclusion of a protest in June. Unlike last night, he did not talk about the suspect or refer to him as a “left person.” (The suspect said he was just trying to scare protesters.)
- We're now about 10 minutes into Trump's speech and he has yet to go after Gov. Sisolak. Last night, he kicked things off right away by talking about Sisolak.
- If I heard that right, Trump just suggested that Kamala Harris is “considered far more liberal than Bernie Sanders.” (He only referred to her as “she.”)
- Trump: “I don't think your state is into that.”
- (Though, to be fair, Democrats here were into Bernie Sanders.)
- Trump briefly mentions Gov. Sisolak “playing around with the ballots.” (Again, no evidence of this.)
- Then he says that he had five sites for this rally, all outdoors like last night, but then there was a “great gentleman” Don Ahern, who said, “You can use my building.”
- However, he so far hasn't blamed the fact that this rally was moved from McCarran International Airport to Xtreme Manufacturing on Sisolak. (Again, Sisolak's office says it didn't communicate with organizers/hosts about the rallies.)
- Trump also mentioned that he received endorsements from the Public Safety Alliance of Nevada and the Las Vegas Police Protective Association.
- Trump says that he has “put a lot of money in” Nevada and that it's “been a great investment.” He does have the Trump International Hotel here, if that's what he's referring to, but if he's talking about campaign spending, he still isn't up on TV here yet.
- Trump urges the crowd to “tell your governor to open up your state.” It's unclear how much more open he would like the state to be. Movie theaters, casinos, restaurants, gyms, salons, churches, etc. are all open with capacity restrictions.
- Trump: “Under my administration before the virus we quickly achieved the lowest unemployment rate in Nevada's history and will soon be there again.” This one is true. Nevada hit a 3.6% unemployment rate in January, the lowest dating back to 1976 when modern record keeping began.
- Trump suggests to Nevadans that they send their ballot “and then you have to check your ballot” because it might not be counted. This is what he has suggested in other states — that voters go to the poll in-person on Election Day to see if their mail-in ballot has been counted.
- Trump is now talking about the wildfires affecting the West and thanking the more than 28,000 firefighters and fire responders responding to them: “It's crazy.” Last night, the sky in Douglas County was tinged with grey from the smoke as Trump rallied supporters in Minden.
“You’re not mopping fast enough. (Laughter) That’s a socialist mop. (Laughter and applause) Grab a mop — let’s get to work.” – Barack Obama (2009); “Soyez réalistes, demandez l’impossible!”