The entrepreneur who allowed US President Donald Trump to hold a large election meeting in his warehouse in Henderson, Nevada, on Sunday, receives a coronation fine from the municipality. The campaign rally took place indoors and hardly any distance was kept or mouth caps worn.
The company, called Xtreme Manufacturing, was informed by the municipality prior to the meeting on Sunday that it had to comply with the corona guidelines of the state of Nevada. These stipulate that fewer than 50 people may attend a meeting, that they must keep their distance and that they must cover their faces.
During the event, an enforcer saw six offences, said a municipal spokesman for the city of Henderson. The municipality then decided to impose a fine of $3,000.
Company owner Don Ahern said on Monday that he considered it his patriotic duty to give his warehouse as the venue for the Trump rally. He refused to accept the fine. We respect everyone‘s opinion in this situation, Ahern said.
The event attracted thousands of Trump supporters on Sunday. Trump defended his choice to local media on Monday by saying he himself had not been in danger. I’m on a stage, and it’s far away, said Trump. So I’m not worried at all
Trump did not say a word about the safety of the many followers who attended the rally. According to his campaign team, the temperature of everyone present was measured and everyone was given a disinfectant handle and a mouth mask. On video footage it can be seen that only a few were wearing a mouth cap or mask.
The Democratic Governor of Nevada, Steve Sisolak, lashed out at Trump and called him reckless and selfish According to Sisolak, the President has endangered his supporters.
The United States has so far been hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. More than 6.5 million people in the US have been identified as infected, more than 194 000 of whom have died.