Perfect Metaphor: Trump Literally Leaves Nebraska Supporters Out in the Cold
There’s never been a more fitting metaphor for the notion that Donald Trump really doesn’t care about his supporters, that he only sees them as patsies and props to further his political future.
Tuesday night Trump staged another one of his superspreader outdoor campaign rallies at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Neb. Thousands of people – law enforcement says it was 10,000, Trump’s campaign says it was 29,000 – crowded onto bleachers as the temperature plunged to near freezing. The president swooped in on taxpayer-owned Air Force One, spent 47 minutes on stage lying about the state of the coronavirus pandemic, maligning his opponent Joe Biden and promising Nebraskans a wonderful future if they vote for him.
By 9:00 p.m. Trump was wheels up and rally goers were lining up to hop on buses for the three-mile trip back to parking lots and their vehicles. But it quickly became clear that something was wrong. The buses, the crowd soon learned, couldn’t navigate the jammed airport roads. For hours, attendees — including many elderly Trump supporters — stood in the cold, as police scrambled to help those most at-risk get to warmth.
At least seven people had to be taken to hospitals, according to Omaha Scanner, which monitors official radio traffic.
Aaron Sanderford, a reporter with the Omaha World-Herald, tweeted out pictures of the long lines of shivering people still waiting on buses more than 90 minutes after Trump’s plane had taken off.
If you’re waiting on someone who attended the @realDonaldTrump rally in #Omaha, it may be a while until they get on a bus and get out. Traffic along the small roadway to the private side of Eppley Airfield is backed up and buses were having trouble getting through. We saw this: pic.twitter.com/DTRKnH5lkb
— Aaron Sanderford (@asanderford) October 28, 2020
Sanderford reported that the crowds didn’t fully clear the rally site until after 12:30 a.m., 3-1/2 hours after Trump departed. By that time, he had already touched down in Las Vegas, where he was to spend the night at his Trump hotel before heading to another campaign rally Wednesday in Arizona.