Xtreme Manufacturing, the company that allowed the Trump campaign to use one of its facilities to host a campaign rally on Sunday, Sept. 13, has been issued a penalty for defying Nevada’s state ban on large gatherings amid the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic.
In a statement on Monday, Sept. 14, Kathleen Richards—a spokeswoman for Henderson City, said that city officials observed six violations of state directives during President Trump’s rally at the Xtreme Manufacturing warehouse and issued a business license notice of violation, in addition to the $3,000 fine.
According to the Henderson Fire Department, about 5,600 people attended President Trump’s indoor rally, which violates the state’s 50-person limit on public gatherings.
Xtreme Manufacturing has 30 calendar days to respond to the city’s notice and pay the penalty or dispute it, the Nevada Independent reported.
In its response, the owner of Xtreme Manufacturing, Don Ahern, argued that it was his “patriotic duty to do what is right for our country, and what is right is supporting President Donald J. Trump.”
“My goal was to continue that great American tradition of the right to assemble and to free speech,” Ahern said in a press conference on Monday afternoon. “No different than the thousands that are allowed to assemble at gaming tables, maskless pool parties, and protests across the street.”
On Sunday, Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh also defended the president’s indoor rally, saying, “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 First Amendment to hear from the president of the United States.”