After Trump rallied at an airport in Omaha, Nebraska, thousands of people, many of them elderly, were trapped in the cold for hours, several of whom were hospitalized.
The President left Air Force One at Eppley Airport at 9pm shortly after the incident. But according to the Omaha World Herald, many of his supporters have been trapped there until late at night, only a few miles away from their cars, waiting for the bus rented by the Trump campaign to return participants to the parking lot.
A spokesperson for the Omaha Police Department told BuzzFeed News that 30 people were “contacted for medical reasons” and 7 people were transported to the hospital from the incident.
According to Omaha Scanner, a Twitter account that monitors local emergency scanners in the area, many people have to receive hypothermia and other treatments due to colds. According to reports, an older adult “frozen and unable to move with changes in mental state.”
The police said many attendees walked about 3 miles back to the parking lot, and the police officers personally took some older attendees who were intolerable due to colds and confusion back to their cars.
A police spokesperson said: “The last person got on the bus from the meeting place at approximately 11:50 pm.”
National Weather Service (National Weather Service) records show that the weather is hovering around the freezing due to strong winds, making the temperature feel cold.
Trump said: “Is there a better place than Trump’s rally at about ten degrees? The weather is cold, but it doesn’t matter,” Trump said. He had just been to Wisconsin and Michigan, where it was cold. “I said I won’t wear a hat because I want to tell you how strong we are.”
Democratic Senator Megan Hunt (Megan Hunt) tweeted: “The president’s supporters were brought in, but the bus could not go back to transport people out.”
Hunter said: “Tonight in Omaha, covered in snow and ice.” “What people would do for this liar, everyone sacrificed, it’s too miserable for me. He really doesn’t care about you.”
In the evening, the police station said on Twitter that the parking lot was full and participants who traveled on foot or by taxi were not allowed to enter.
The Trump campaign says they have hired “a lot of buses, but [were] It is difficult to deliver them to the people who are still waiting because the traffic on the two-lane small lane is limited to one direction.
But a police officer at the scene that night said that they needed to “add at least 30 more buses,” according to a CNN reporter present.
The incidence of coronavirus in Nebraska is on the rise. Although it is reported that masks were distributed at the rally during the Trump campaign, many people did not wear them.
The crowd was tens of thousands, reporters estimated that there were 6,000 people, the police said more than 10,000, and the Trump campaign said there were 29,000 people there.
In his speech, Trump underestimated the severity of the pandemic, which has killed more than 227,000 Americans, including 14 Nebraskas who died only on the day of the rally.
“You have noticed fake news now, right?” Trump said. “They are only talking about COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID. We have made such incredible progress.”
Trump’s Deputy National Press Secretary Samantha Zager said in a statement that they “always strive to provide the best guest experience at our events and we care about their safety.”
Zag said: “President Trump loves his supporters and was very happy to visit Omaha last night. Despite the cold, thousands of people attended the rally. Due to the large number of people, we deployed 40 shuttle buses, and It’s not the normal 15 vehicles, but local road closures and congestion caused delays.”