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LAS VEGAS — Former President Donald Trump made endurance a theme of his rally Sunday in 104-degree heat at a Las Vegas park.

A Las Vegas Police Department crowd estimate estimated there were about 6,900 people in attendance. Six people were transported to the hospital for heat-related illnesses, an LVMPD spokesperson said.

Speaking two days before the Nevada primary, Trump did not endorse anyone in the Republican U.S. Senate race, where Army veteran Sam Brown and Trump’s former ambassador to Iceland, Jeff Gunter, had hoped to get a nod.

Trump unveiled a new proposal that he said he had never mentioned publicly before and that would include among his priorities: ending taxes on tips, a likely winner in Nevada, where the casino and entertainment economy depends on tips.

The pledge on tips adds another detail to a Trump tax plan that included vague promises of tax relief for middle-income workers and small businesses.

“So this is the first time I’m saying this, and for those hotel workers and people who get tips, you’ll be very happy because when I get to the office, we’re not going to tax tips, people (are) making,” Trump said to a crowd of several thousand people.

Trump said he would do so “right away, first in office,” noting in prepared remarks that he would seek legislation in Congress to make the change. “You do a great job, you take care of people and I think this is something that is really deserved.”

He has previously pledged to make permanent the Republican-passed individual tax cuts that he signed in 2017 but are set to expire at the end of 2025. Tax experts estimate this would increase U.S. budget deficits by about $4 trillion over 10 years compared to current forecasts.

Technical problems during the rally

Problems with his teleprompter were constantly reported, and he promised not to pay the company behind it.

“I don’t pay contractors to do (expletive) work,” Trump said.

The lack of prepared remarks allowed for a looser speech, often engaging in audience participation like a stand-up comic, asking who his vice presidential running mate should be (no consensus) and whether “Sleepy Joe” or “Crooked Joe ‘ was a better nickname. for Biden.

One point of contact was whether he would rather be eaten by a shark or electrocuted.

“I will be electrocuted every time,” Trump said.

Viktor Orbán, Jack Smith and Jesus Christ mentioned during the meeting

Over the course of his hour-long speech, Trump included a litany of prominent people he viewed as stupid.

Among them was Jack Smith, the special counsel who oversaw the criminal investigation into Trump’s actions related to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol and his handling of classified documents.

“He’s a stupid son of a bitch,” Trump said.

On the other hand, he praised “the great Victor Orbán,” Hungary’s authoritarian leader, whom he quoted as saying that the only way the world can be saved is by electing Trump.

Trump described Biden and the Democratic party’s policies as so ridiculous that “the only way they can beat us is by cheating.”

That’s why he urged everyone to vote in November with a turnout “too big to manipulate,” a refrain used by many of the dozens of speakers who preceded him in a dirt field near Sunset Park.

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was one. She compared the former president, who was recently convicted of 34 crimes by a New York jury, to Jesus Christ.

“The person I worship was also a convicted criminal and he was crucified on a Roman cross,” she said.

Mark Robison is the state politics reporter for the Reno Gazette-Journal, with occasional forays into other topics. Email comments to [email protected] or respond on Mark’s Greater Reno Facebook page.

Contributions: Reuters

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