Trump to hold Nevada rally in Arizona, ‘(Right by Laughlin)!’

there he goes
(Photo: Drew Angerer, Getty Images)
there he goes
(Photo: Drew Angerer, Getty Images)

At first blush it looked like a very efficient use of precious time in the waning days of a campaign: Instead of holding a rally in Arizona or Nevada, hold one on the Arizona-Nevada border, and get lots of local media coverage in two states from a single superspreader.

Clever. Especially since this year, for the first time in modern memory, both Nevada and Arizona are battleground states. Sort of.

Imagine: Trump blurting “Hunter Biden” over and over again from a boat right in the middle of the Colorado River, so as to show he understands the real world problems of voters in both states equally, even though the state he has the best chance of winning has 11 electoral votes, and the other only six.

People could line the banks of the river, Arizonans who think Trump is infallible on one side, Nevadans who think Trump is flawless on the other. A flotilla, carefully navigated so as to remain more or less stationary and not be swept down to Needles, could be festooned with giant Trump flags. Boat horns could be beeped. Good times.

Alas, Trump will be speaking Wednesday at the Laughlin/Bullhead International(!) Airport. Which is in Bullhead City. Which is in Arizona. Or as the Nevada Republican Party put it in an email to the faithful, “The Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport (Right by Laughlin)!”

It’s still a Nevada rally, Nevada Republican Party Chairman and personal injury lawsuit lover Michael McDonald told the Review-Journal. It’s just that Trump is holding his Nevada superspreader event in Arizona because when he holds them in Nevada people get fined.

Gov. Steve Sisolak, McDonald explained, has “a very aggressive OSHA team.”

Which begs the question: Will poor little Donald Trump ever muster the guts to stand up to big bad Steve Sisolak and stop letting a mostly obscure governor from a lightly populated state boss around the leader of the free world? 


Meanwhile, some measure of grudging congratulations must be offered to Bullhead City, and (much) more importantly, to Arizona. Nevada’s been getting attention from presidents and presidential candidates for multiple election cycles. Arizona hasn’t been a true swing state until this year, and it is delightful to see it shedding its long-held rock-ribbed Joe Arpaio-tainted red state status. Unfortunately, during this particular election cycle, the transition is accompanied by superspreader rallies starring a criminally deranged scatterbrain. You just gotta take the good with the bad, Arizona.

In fact, it seems these last few weeks you can’t swing a cat without hitting some rando Trump or other. For instance, Eric, the one grown son who seems slightly less desperate than the other for his father’s affection and approval, will be in both Reno and Las Vegas Tuesday (Oct. 27).

If you go, you should know McDonald, the aforementioned Nevada GOP chair, would like you to “Bring your ballot for secure drop off and to avoid long lines on Election Day.”

don't call it ballot harvesting
Snip from Oct. 26 NV GOP email.

Evidently that’s legal, thanks to all the election reform laws passed by the Democrats over the summer and that McDonald and his party have sworn are evil and horrible.

But even if technically legal, election officials remind voters there is no need to drop off ballots in unofficial boxes that could end up in the hands of nefarious characters.

“We’ve created a tremendous number of drop-off sites that are sanctioned and sponsored by Clark County or there’s a postage-paid envelope in each mail ballot packet,” Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria explained to KSNV-TV earlier this month.

So if for some reason, any reason at all, even the slightest misgivings, just a hint of nagging doubt — no, seriously, if you’ve any qualms whatsoever about the prospect of Eric Trump and Michael McDonald competently, effectively, and successfully delivering a box of anything anywhere — here is a list of official, sanctioned drop off locations that will be open through Oct. 30, as well those locations where ballots can be dropped in a box on Election Day.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and author of the Las Vegas Gleaner political blog. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and editor at the Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune.