Thursday, February 22

Trump set to appear with Lombardo, Laxalt at Northern Nevada rally

MINDEN — Former President Donald Trump is set to appear at a rally in Minden Saturday evening after remarks from Republican candidates for statewide office, including US Senate candidate Adam Laxalt and Republican gubernatorial candidate Sheriff Joe Lombardo, both of whom have previously been endorsed by Trump.

It’s not the former president’s first trip to the state this year. Trump appeared at a Las Vegas campaign event held for Lombardo and Laxalt in July, during which he called Nevada a “cesspool of crime.”

Nor is it Trump’s first rally at the Minden-Tahoe airport. The former president spoke at an event held in the same place a little over two years ago. The event, which was attended by thousands of supporters, led to state officials issuing Douglas County more than $5,000 in fines for violating state COVID-19 restrictions.

The event is exactly two weeks before the beginning of early voting in Nevada and could mean the difference in tight races for some of the state’s top spots.

Laxalt, the state’s former attorney general, is running against current Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto in one of the most closely watched in the nation, with many polls placing the race within the margin of error.

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Lombardo is running against Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak. They faced off for the first, and likely last time, during a debate in Las Vegas on Oct. 2, which was hosted by The Nevada Independent.

During the debate, Lombardo declined to say Trump was a “great president.”

“I wouldn’t use that adjective. I think he was a sound president,” Lombardo said during the debate. Later, his campaign walked back the remark in a release which said Trump was a great president by “all measures.”

Lombardo again walked back the comment during his remarks prior to Trump’s arrival.

“We’re here to rally for the Republican ticket, and who’s going to help us?” he said. “The greatest president, right? Donald J. Trump. I’m going to say it to you all up front. I want to thank him from the bottom of my heart for being here today and helping us achieve what we’re trying to achieve.”

The Republican candidate for governor slammed his opponent for inflation, education and Second Amendment rights.

“What do you think would happen if he got reelected? First order of business: They go after your guns,” he said. “We’re going to prevent that from happening.”

Laxalt, who was introduced by Alabama US Sen. Tommy Tuberville, focused the majority of his remarks on him on his opponent, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto.

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“Senator Masto, with the help of the media, and tons and tons of money, she does what Democrats do all over the country. Ella she’ll do and say whatever it takes to win, ”the former attorney general said.

Laxalt went on to slam Cortez Masto for the US lack of energy independence and the “open border.”

In an emailed statement sent before the rally began, Cortez Masto again linked her opponent to the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol.

“Adam Laxalt led the fight to overturn Nevada’s 2020 election for Donald Trump, and now he’s once again standing with the defeated former president instead of the people of Nevada,” she said in an emailed statement. “The baseless lies that Laxalt and Trump pushed inspired a violent attack on our Capitol and law enforcement, and neither one of them has shown remorse. Laxalt will do whatever it takes to gain power because he’s only out for himself.”

A spokesperson with Gov. Steve Sisolak’s campaign likened Lombardo’s appearance of him with the former president as a “desperate attempt to change the subject.”

“Whether it’s on abortion or Donald Trump, Lombardo has consistently shown that he will do or say anything to win, including lying to Nevadans whenever it is politically convenient. At the end of the day, no amount of Trump visits will change the fact that Lombardo is a corrupt, failed politician who is only looking out for himself,” said Sisolak spokesperson Natalie Gould in a statement sent before the start of the rally.

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This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Contact Taylor R. Avery at [email protected]. Follow @travery98 on Twitter.

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