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Trump to hold first entirely indoor rally in nearly three months

September 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

US President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at the BOK Center on June 20, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. - Hundreds of supporters lined up early for Donald Trump's first political rally in months, saying the risk of contracting COVID-19 in a big, packed arena would not keep them from hearing the president's campaign message. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

President Donald Trump is expected to rally thousands of supporters indoors on Sunday for the first time in nearly three months.

The campaign rally in Henderson, Nevada -- which will be held inside a facility of Xtreme Manufacturing -- is expected to violate the state of Nevada's restriction on gatherings of 50 people or more.

It follows a stretch of outdoor events after Trump's controversial indoor Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally in June saw underwhelming attendance.

Trump has long viewed rallies as an outlet where he can connect with his supporters in a way that he can't when he's in Washington, DC, and has blamed bad poll numbers on his absence from the campaign trail.

But his last entirely indoor rally in Tulsa brought considerable controversy after the city experienced a surge in coronavirus cases a little more than 2 weeks after the event and multiple campaign staffers along with Secret Service agents tested positive for the virus.

In the end, fewer than 6,200 people attended the rally that was meant to signal Trump's return to the campaign trail.

The Trump campaign is not estimating how many people may attend, but the event is expected to exceed the state limit.

When asked generally about the Nevada rallies and whether it would limit the amount of attendees, the Trump campaign on Saturday only offered vague explanations of the protocols it will follow.

The owner of Xtreme, Don Ahern, also owns a Las Vegas hotel which was fined after it hosted an August "Evangelicals for Trump" campaign event that exceeded the state limit and also violated some city health restrictions.

The original locations chosen by the campaign for their Nevada rallies, which were expected to be at airport hangars with mixture of the event being both in the open air enclosure and outside, pulled out because they were going to exceed the 50 person state limit.

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