A professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University on Sunday tagged President Trump’s indoor rally in Nevada as “negligent homicide.”
Dr. Jonathan Reiner, who is also a medical consultant for CNN said, “What else could you call an act that because of its negligence results in the death of others? If you have a mass gathering now in the United States in a place like Nevada or just about any other place with hundreds of thousands of people, people will get infected and some of those people will die.”
He continued, “There has been a lot of talk about whether the president played down the risks of this virus to his followers and the country as a whole. And you have to just look at what is going on now to understand that. If you took this virus seriously, you would never hold an indoor rally or almost any rally now and particularly one that doesn’t enforce very strict rules on masks. People will die as a consequence of this. I think that Nevada has a law right now limiting gatherings to more than 50 people. So, the president is defying that. Makes no sense.”
Trump’s rally in Henderson, Nevada was held at an indoor-facility owned by Xtreme Manufacturing. It had violated the city’s rules against indoor gatherings of more than 50 people, and while masks were given to attendees they were not required to wear them.
Fewer than 6,200 people attended the rally that was meant to signal Trump’s return to the campaign trail. The low turnout was attributed to the intense backlash from the media and “radical protestors” about convening a large crowd during the pandemic.
Henderson spokeswoman Kathleen Richards said in a CNN in a statement, “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.”
She added, “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.”
The Trump campaign reasoned that it was within its right to hold an indoor rally.
Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said, “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.”