ELKO – The President is coming to town – again.
President Donald Trump is planning to host a rally Sunday at Elko Regional Airport.
Elko County Republican Party Chairman Lee Hoffman confirmed the visit but had no details yet on time or crowd restrictions.
Elko Regional Airport Director Jim Foster said logistics are being worked out for the arrival of large aircraft. As far as the audience arrangements go, Foster said that will be the Trump campaign’s responsibility as host of the event.
The last time the President visited in October 2018, approximately 8,600 people attended. Trump arrived in Air Force One and other large planes brought in campaign team members. Then-Police Chief Ben Reed said the Secret Service praised Elko’s handling of the event.
Nevada currently limits gatherings to 250 people, not counting hosts or staff. When Vice President Mike Pence visited Boulder City last week the crowd was capped at 250.
When President Trump visited Nevada last month the cap was 50 people. The venue for his Sept. 12 rally was moved from Reno to the airport in Douglas County, and “thousands” attended, according to The Nevada Independent.
Trump also held an indoor rally in Las Vegas last month, and the City fined the event host $3,000. According to The Associated Press, Xtreme Manufacturing owner Donald Ahern was also fined $10,000 for hosting an “Evangelicals for Trump” rally.
“It’s interesting that if it’s a demonstration, it’s OK. If it’s a rally, it’s not OK,” Van told the AP. “There’s just inconsistent application of that declaration.”
In the 2016 election, Trump won by an 80% landslide in Elko County but lost statewide with 46% of the vote compared with Hillary Clinton’s 48%.
Trump did not campaign in Elko before that election, although his son Donald Trump Jr. did.
His current opponent, former vice president Joe Biden, held a “town hall” in Elko last November during the primary contest. About 350 people attended.
Trump’s Elko event had not been posted for ticket distribution on his campaign website as of Wednesday evening.
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