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Nevada Governor Perfectly Shames Trump for Holding Indoor Campaign Rally in Epic Twitter Thread

Nevada Governor Perfectly Shames Trump for Holding Indoor Campaign Rally in Epic Twitter Thread
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President Trump held his first indoor campaign rally in months on Sunday, when an estimated 5,000-plus people gathered inside a manufacturing facility in Henderson, Nevada--and the state's Governor Steve Sisolak had some choice words about it for the President.

In an epic eleven-part Twitter thread, Sisolak laid into the President for holding the rally, which is in contravention of his own administration's rules for handling the ongoing pandemic.

Beginning his thread just as the rally was kicking off, Sisolak called the President out for endangering the lives of those attending.

Sisolak left no stone unturned in criticizing the President's decisions, starting with pointing out that the rally violates his own government's mandates and efforts and local ordinances in Nevada, which has forbidden gatherings of more than 50 people since May.

"Despite reports from his own White House, despite local officials in Southern & Northern Nevada reiterating to the venues the existing restrictions in State emergency directives, tonight, the President is knowingly packing thousands into an indoor venue to hold a political rally."

Sisolak also called out Trump's lack of a coherent national response to the pandemic, instead punting the job to state and local governments--the very directives of which he ignored in order to hold his rally.

Sisolak called this open flouting of Nevada's rules an "insult" and a "threat."

"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 rally in Henderson is the first indoor rally since Trump's disastrous rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 20.

That event, which was intended for more than 20,000 people but only drew around 5,000 attendees, was nonetheless responsible for a spike in virus cases in the local area. It is also believed by many to have resulted in the death of prominent pro-Trump Republican Herman Cain, who died of complications with the virus on July 30 after attending the Tulsa rally.

At a rally held the previous evening in Minden, Nevada, Trump gloated from the stage about Sisolak's efforts to shut down his rallies.

"He tried to stop us. He couldn't."

The city of Henderson also issued a warning to the event's organizers and the leadership of the company that hosted it, Xtreme Manufacturing, threatening a $500 fine and suspension or revocation of the company's business license.

Trump referenced this during the rally, telling the crowd the business owner was angry about the rules and urging the attendees to appeal to Sisolak.

"...[T]ell your governor to open up your state."

On Twitter, many people seemed just as angry about the rally as Sisolak.

And many pointed out the multiple layers of hypocrisy.

Others pointed out the danger the rally posed to people who didn't even attend it.

And many saw the rally as yet another example of Trump's unfitness for the Presidency.

While the Trump campaign said it would provide masks to attendees, it was reported that most attendees were not masked, and it did not appear as if social distancing was being enforced in any way at the rally.