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Relishing in Democrats’ jumbled main within the wake of a fractious debate, President Donald Trump, at a rally in Colorado Springs, supplied stinging criticism of his rivals as he sought to reap the benefits of the second. (Feb. 21)

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LAS VEGAS – President Donald Trump is trying to hearth up supporters in Las Vegas on Friday, simply in the future earlier than Nevada Democrats resolve who they need to problem him in November.

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Medical emergency briefly pauses rally

Greater than an hour into the rally, Trump briefly paused for what gave the impression to be a medical emergency involving somebody within the viewers.

Trump interrupted his remarks to name for a health care provider. He then waited whereas medical personnel attended to somebody within the viewers.The precise nature of the emergency was not instantly clear. However after a couple of minutes, Trump resumed his remarks with a soliloquy about unlawful immigration.

–Michael Collins

Trump brings wall jacket supporter on stage

President Donald Trump usually brings elected officers and celebrities on stage at his rallies, however he solely hardly ever invitations up attendees. On Friday in Las Vegas, Trump invited a person to the stage who was carrying a brick sample go well with jacket – as in, a “wall” jacket.

Did he look acquainted? He ought to. The president has invited him on stage beforehand, together with throughout a rally final 12 months in Pennsylvania.

The person could possibly be heard telling Trump that he has attended dozens of the president’s rallies. One other supporter got here up carrying a T-shirt accusing CNN of being “faux information.”

“Thanks for saving America,” the second man instructed the president.

— John Fritze

Trump says report of Russian interference on his behalf ‘disinformation’

President Donald Trump dismissed the concept that Russia is interfering on his behalf – once more.

His remarks on the Las Vegas rally comply with stories that U.S. intelligence officers instructed lawmakers this month that Russia is mounting an effort steer the 2020 election in his favor.

“Right here we go once more,” Trump instructed the group. “Aren’t individuals bored? It’s disinformation.”

Particular Counsel Robert Mueller concluded that Russia had launched a widespread marketing campaign to assist Trump in 2016 however mentioned there was no proof the Trump marketing campaign colluded in that effort.

Democrats accused Trump of dumping Joseph Maguire as his director of nationwide intelligence this week due to the briefing.

Throughout his rally, Trump questioned why Russia wouldn’t wait to see who the Democratic nominee is earlier than deciding whom to assist in 2020.

“Would he relatively have, let’s say Bernie, who honeymooned in Moscow?” Trump mentioned. “These persons are loopy.”

— John Fritze and David Jackson

Donald Trump … film critic?

For the second night time in a row, Trump complained that this 12 months’s Academy Award for Finest Image went to “Parasite,” a movie from South Korea.

“I don’t get it,” Trump mentioned.

“I get alongside nice with South Korea,” he mentioned, “however you understand I by no means noticed that one earlier than.”

Trump aired the identical gripe Thursday night time at a rally in Colorado Springs, Colo., suggesting that an American film ought to have received.

“Was it good? I do not know. Let’s get ‘Gone with the Wind’ again, please? ‘Sundown Boulevard.’ So many nice motion pictures,” he mentioned.

–Michael Collins

‘Thanks, President Trump’

President Donald Trump used his Las Vegas rally to mark the 40th anniversary of one of many sports activities world’s greatest upsets: The U.S. Olympic ice hockey group’s 4-Three victory over the Soviet Union in 1980.

Trump introduced members of the “Miracle On Ice” group to the stage; as college-age youngsters again in 1980, the U.S. group defeated the closely favored Soviets – basically professional-level gamers – en path to the gold medal in ice hockey.

Trump additionally inserted himself into the dialogue, asking group chief Mike Eruzione if he regarded the president as a great athlete and golfer.

“You’re, sir,” Eruzione instructed Trump. “No matter you say.”

Some individuals could have questioned why Trump was celebrating the 1980 Winter Olympic ice hockey group – at the least till the president famous that Los Angeles will host the 2028 Summer time Olympics, and provides himself credit score for that.

“Thanks, President Trump,” Trump mentioned.

– David Jackson

Trump rally underway

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has kicked off his rally on the Las Vegas Conference Middle – the third of three rallies this week throughout his swing by way of western states.

Trump is talking a day earlier than Nevadans head to their caucus to decide on a Democratic presidential candidate. If previous is prologue, Trump is assured to rag on the Democratic subject, knock his impeachment as a “hoax” and tout the financial system.

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Listed here are a couple of different issues to observe for:

Nevada swing. How a lot Trump talks about Nevada as a state he’ll compete in later this 12 months. The state has gone for Democrats previously three elections, however by progressively narrower margins. Polls point out that the state leans Democratic, however continues to be up for grabs this 12 months.

Caucus hassle? The Democratic Social gathering is bracing for its second strive at a caucus following the messy issues in Iowa. Trump relished slamming Democrats for the issues that delayed the leads to Iowa, and it’s doable he’ll revisit the problem once more Friday on the eve of the voting in Nevada.

Thank the Academy. In his rally in Colorado on Thursday, Trump broke into a brand new line of assault in opposition to the Oscars, asserting that the Academy shouldn’t having given the Finest Image award to the South Korean movie Parasite. Movie executives fired again by suggesting that Trump didn’t admire the film as a result of he couldn’t learn the English subtitles. Was Trump’s criticism a renewal of his broadside in opposition to Hollywood liberals, or a one off for the Colorado crowd? His supporters will know quickly.

– John Fritze 

‘Between us and the remainder of the world’

LAS VEGAS — Israel Morfin drove 9 hours from Santa Fe to attend the Las Vegas Trump rally.

The 42-year-old nurse has a sophisticated relationship with the presidency.

“I could not stand the person for the primary two years,” he mentioned.

Morfin is a homosexual, Hispanic man born and settled in New Mexico. Most of his associates are Democrats.

So how did he find yourself right here carrying a Captain America shirt and “Make America Nice Once more” hat?

“I noticed a documentary,” Morfin mentioned. “‘Trump At Warfare.’ That modified all the pieces. Trump is standing between the remainder of the world and us.”

In Morfin’s view, Democrats bought out the U.S. to China — and calling a homosexual man LGBTQ is far-left propaganda.

“That time period does not signify me as a homosexual American,” he mentioned. “I believe quite a lot of gays are beginning to open their eyes.”

Morfin echoes many Trump supporter sentiments about Democrats preventing the president in congress or on the marketing campaign path: “They’re trash. Impeachment? For making a cellphone name?”

Within the distance, chants of “4 extra years, 4 extra years!” rippled by way of a sea of purple ready for the president to step as much as the rostrum.

–Ed Komenda

The King backs The Donald?

LAS VEGAS – Elvis isn’t endorsing anybody for president. However Elvis impersonator Jeff Stanulis is all in for Trump.

Stanulis has been performing alongside the Las Vegas Strip for years and counts amongst his repertoire a majority of the 439 songs Elvis ever recorded.

Striding into the Las Vegas Conference Middle carrying his white jumpsuit, sun shades and that iconic hairdo, Stanulis appeared to be a reminder that this isn’t simply any marketing campaign rally — and positively not Iowa or New Hampshire — however Las Vegas.

Why does The King again the president?

Stanulis mentioned that the president appears to work for the general public relatively than highly effective individuals in Washington — that swamp, maybe, the president derides so usually.

“He’ll win by a landslide,” Stanulis mentioned.

– Andrew Oxford

Does Trump have an opportunity in Nevada?

WASHINGTON – Nevada has backed a Democrat within the final three presidential elections. So why is President Donald Trump rolling the cube with a rally in Las Vegas?

For starters, Trump has confirmed up in each state the place Democrats are holding a main or caucus for a rally. Trump rallied in Iowa four days earlier than Democrats voted in that state and visited New Hampshire on the eve of that state’s first within the nation main election. 

The Trump marketing campaign, which additionally brings out a bevy of surrogates, has mentioned the rallies are a great way to flex their organizing muscle forward of November.

However Nevada can also be a state that would doubtlessly be in play this fall, relying on the Democratic nominee. Whereas the state has been coloured blue on the finish of the final three elections, the margins for the Democratic candidate have gotten significantly smaller. President Barack Obama received the state in 2008 by greater than 120,000 votes. By 2016, Clinton’s margin had shrunk to 27,000.

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The polling additionally exhibits the potential for an in depth contest.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has a large lead in polling amongst Nevada caucusgoers. Sanders was up 14 share factors over of former Vice President Joe Biden in a ballot launched this week by KLAS-TV and Emerson School.

However for the overall election, polling is extra sporadic and unsure.

A Fox Information ballot final month had Biden beating Trump by Four share factors and confirmed the president narrowly forward of Sen. Elizabeth Warren in addition to former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. One other ballot, performed by Emerson School final fall, put Trump narrowly forward of Biden and tied with Sanders.

A lot of that polling was performed earlier than former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg turned a significant pressure within the Democratic subject by spending a whole lot of tens of millions of {dollars} on tv and web promoting.

– John Fritze

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‘Make liberals cry’

LAS VEGAS – As a whole lot of Trump supporters filed into his “Hold America Nice” rally in Las Vegas on Friday, there was a clashing of conventions.

Standing in one other line on the Las Vegas Conference Middle have been gamers of the Dragon Ball Tremendous card recreation on the town for a regional event.

Sporting group jerseys, beanies and in any other case nondescript clothes, the cardboard gamers – a lot of them carrying eyeglasses – encountered Trump supporters with purple shirts, cowboy hats and American flags.

“We’re going to make liberals cry,” mentioned one lady in a purple Trump marketing campaign shirt.

The conversations have been transient and entertaining to Dragon Ball gamers like Pooyan Nikjou.

“It’s sort of surreal,” mentioned the 26-year-old Tulsa native. “For those who take a look at the individuals on this line, they’re all youthful and extra average.”

At one level, a MAGA assist walked as much as the group of card gamers and requested: “Do you need to hold American nice?”

When the group mentioned nothing, the supporter walked off after calling them “rattling libs.”

Josh Harris, a 32-year-old Dragon Ball Tremendous participant from San Diego discovered the interplay between card gamers and Trump supporters disconcerting.

“It makes me actually unhappy and embarrassed,” Harris mentioned. “We’re all Individuals.”

– Ed Komenda

‘He is draining the swamp’

LAS VEGAS — Tammy Joslin, a LGBTQ Trump supporter, stood in line outdoors the rally with this message written throughout her shirt: “Discover your protected house snowflake.”

Joslin has lived in Las Vegas for 24 years. She’s been married to her companion for 28 years. A Northern California native who moved to Southern Nevada to purchase a house in a less expensive housing market, she works as a slot machine attendant on the Aria on the Strip.

She identifies as a fiscal conservative impartial voter who’s socially average. 

Trump is the candidate America wants, she mentioned.

“He isn’t afraid to say what he really feel,” Joslin mentioned. “He is draining the swamp for the individuals.”

– Ed Komenda

Vegas rally is a part of 4-day western swing

The occasion on the Las Vegas Conference Middle – Trump’s third “Hold America Nice” rally in as many days – is the ultimate cease on his four-day swing by way of the West. It begins at Three p.m. ET.

Trump’s supporters received’t have the chance to vote for him on Saturday. Nevada Republicans canceled their caucus, citing what the state get together mentioned was the inevitable conclusion that Trump could be the get together’s nominee.

However Nevada Democrats might be making their selections for president. And Trump has made a behavior of attempting to upstage Democrats by scheduling rallies simply days – or hours, in some circumstances – earlier than their caucuses or primaries.

In Iowa, Trump rallied his supporters in Des Moines 4 days earlier than the state’s Feb. Three caucuses. In New Hampshire, he held a rally in Manchester on the eve of the state’s Feb. 11 main. His subsequent rally is scheduled for subsequent Friday in South Carolina – the day earlier than voters in that state head to the polls.

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