Trump campaign spox Tim Murtaugh is defending the decision to host an indoor rally tonight. In a statement per pool, he says that if people can gamble in casinos or "burn down small businesses in riots" they can "gather peacefully under the 1st Amendment" to hear from Trump.
In Reno, rioters ignited fires (including burning a car) and also tried to start a fire in City Hall. In Las Vegas, a police car was set on fire, but no small businesses were burned down. Casinos are open though, that is true.
Back to the rally tonight at Xtreme Manufacturing in Henderson: Attendees will get temperature checks, be provided masks and encouraged to wear them and hand sanitizer will be available.

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