President Donald Trump hosted an unofficial “rally” event on the evening of Saturday, September 12 in Minden, Nevada. The large event was originally supposed to be in Reno, but the location was moved and at least 5,000 people were there, according to local media. Trump just hosted another event two days earlier in Michigan that was attended by more than 5,500 a couple of days earlier. Here’s a look at crowd photos, overflow photos, videos, and more details about how many people attended the event.
To see photos and crowd estimates from Trump’s September 13 indoor rally in Henderson near Las Vegas, see Heavy’s story here. To see photos of Trump’s September 17 Mosinee, Wisconsin rally, see Heavy’s story here.
At Least 5,000 People Were Packed on the Tarmac for the Nevada Event
The rally started at 7 p.m. Pacific at the Minden-Taho Airport in Nevada on September 12. The event was originally supposed to be at the Reno-Taho Airport Authority at a hangar, but officials said that private tenants were told that a 5,000-person rally would violate COVID-19 regulations, My News 4 reported. Nevada gatherings are supposed to be limited to 50 people or fewer, so the rally’s location was changed.
Although Trump said the crowd numbered at about 25,000, the Reno Gazette Journal estimated that the crowd numbered around at least 5,000 and was packed closely together.
Here’s a crowd photo from the night, shared by Tabitha Mueller from the NV Indy.
This next photo tweeted by Paul Boger of KUNR Public Radio shows about half of the crowd. He said “thousands” were at the airport to see Trump.
Democrats had a call on Saturday warning that crowds that large might be harmful during a pandemic. Trump has another Nevada rally event planned for Sunday.
Here’s another look at the crowd.
During part of his rally, Trump talked about damage caused by Antifa, while also boasting about the size of the crowd at his event. He also asked the crowd who there was “pro-life” and the attendees responded with cheers.
CNN reported that few at the rally were wearing masks or social distancing. The Columbia Bugle, a conservative publication, tweeted that his rallies look like rock concerts and showed a crowd in Minden rushing to attend the event.
Mark Meredith of Fox News said the rally was packed and some came from California to attend.
Trump spoke about his opponent Joe Biden quite a bit during the rally, claiming that the “mob wins” if Biden wins. He referred to Biden as “sleepy Joe” and said this election is more important than the one four years ago.
In the photo below, you can see some people wearing official Trump campaign masks along with the Make America Great Again hats.
At the end of Trump’s speech, the crowd began to sing and dance, Mueller tweeted. She shared earlier that she could see pollution and smoke from the forest fires filtering through the rally’s flood lights during the event.
She also noted that contrary to claims during the rally, Nevada has a “rigorous signature verification process” for ballots.
Dan Scavino, White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications and Director of Social Media, shared these photos:
Trump Will Be Speaking Sunday in Las Vegas
Trump is scheduled to host another event on Sunday, September 13, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He’ll be at Cirrus Aviation at 5050 Koval Lane. The event begins at 7 p.m. Pacific time (the time shows as 6 p.m. Pacific on the website until you click on the event, and then it reads 7 p.m. Pacific.) These events are being called “Great American Comeback Events” on his campaign website.
A “Latinos for Trump” roundtable is scheduled for 1 p.m. Eastern on Sunday in Las Vegas, before his unofficial rally.
He’ll then be at a “Great American Comeback Event” on September 18 in Bemidji, Minnesota, at 4 p.m. Central time.
Trump will also host a comeback rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin, on September 18 at 7 p.m. Central time.