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Trump Speaks To Thousands In Minden

President Donald Trump stands at a podium speaking. In the foreground, there’s a large crowd of supporters holding signs and their cell phones. Several American flags are displayed behind Trump.
Paul Boger
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President Donald Trump spoke in Minden, Nevada on Saturday, September 12, 2020 to thousands of supporters.

President Donald Trump used a campaign stop in Northern Nevada Saturday night to slam Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak for the cancelation of a campaign stop in Reno.

Greeted by thousands of mostly mask-less supporters at the Minden-Tahoe Airport, Trump began his hour-and-a-half speech taking aim at Sisolak, saying he tried to have the rally canceled. 

“You know, the governor of your state tried very hard to stop us from having this event tonight," said Trump. "He didn’t like us having… They can have riots and they can have all sorts of things, and that’s okay. You can burn up the house. That’s okay. We call this a protest because if you call this a protest, you’re allowed to have it." 

The rally was originally scheduled to be held at a hangar at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport but was canceled due to the governor’s directive capping public gatherings at 50 people. 

Sisolak has denied any involvement. 

Trump also took issue with a new state law that requires a ballot to be sent to all active registered voters and repeated several unsubstantiated claims that mail-in-voting leads to increased voter fraud. 

“We’re in front of a court and, hopefully, the court’s going to rule because this is the greatest scam in the history of presidential politics," he said. "These people are… they’ve gone crazy.” 

Trump is also visiting Las Vegas on Sunday for a pair of fundraisers before heading to California, Oregon and Washington to survey wildfire damage. 

Paul Boger is a former reporter at KUNR Public Radio.
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