Donald Trump supporters packed themselves into a Nevada warehouse on Sunday night for the president's first indoor rally in months as the campaign defended the decision to hold the event in violation of Nevada's coronavirus rules.
Row after row of supporters crowded together with many attendees appearing to be in the elderly, more at risk population. Some are parents with young children.
Very few people in the crowd of a few thousands are wearing masks. Social distancing is impossible in the packed venue, where an American flag hangs behind the stage and cranes line the wall. Two large Make America Great Again signs hung on either side of the stage.
It's so crowded some people have climbed onto the cranes while others are on an extended wall above the main floor.
The rally is a blatant violation of Nevada's regulations on gatherings due to the coronavirus, which limits them to 50 people.
President Donald Trump's campaign is defending holding its first indoor rally in months on Sunday night in Nevada
Supporters wait for President Trump to speak at his rally; they are crammed in together in a warehouse with no social distancing and few masks
Supporters wave a 'MAGA with a Vengeance' sign
The location was so packed supporters lined up on a wall above the warehouse floor
Cranes are on the sides and corners of the warehouse, with supporters sitting on them
Supporters crowded into the venue, with many not wearing masks
The rally comes after the campaign saw its last indoor one in Tulsa result in several staffers and a few Secret Service agents test positive for COVID.
'If you can join tens of thousands of people protesting in the streets, gamble in a casino, or burn down small businesses in riots, you can gather peacefully under the 1st Amendment to hear from the President of the United States,' campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement.
Trump is holding his rally in Henderson, Nevada, after state officials squashed his plans to hold an outdoor event at the Las Vegas airport because of restrictions on gatherings due to the coronavirus.
Instead, the campaign scheduled a visit to the the Xtreme Manufacturing facility, about 15 miles away from Las Vegas, where the president will speak at a warehouse there.
Henderson officials have warned Xtreme Manufacturing that it will be violating state regulations if the rally proceeds.
'The City of Henderson has issued a compliance letter and verbal warning to the event organizer that the event as planned would be in direct violation of the governor's COVID-19 emergency directives. Specifically, gatherings of more than 50 people in a private or public setting is prohibited,' City of Henderson spokeswoman Kathleen Richards told CNN.
She said there could be a fine of up to $500 per violation.
'Large live events must be approved by the Nevada Department of Business and Industry, Division of Industrial Relations and at this time, the City has not been notified that this event has been approved. The City may assess a fine of up to $500 per violation of the governor's directives as well as suspend or revoke the business license,' she said.
Supporters wait in line to attend the 'Great American Comeback Event' campaign rally for President Trump
Casey Karlen and his son McKay Karlen wait for President Donald Trump during an indoor campaign rally at Xtreme Manufacturing in Henderson, a suburb of Las Vegas
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