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Trump Supporters Stranded in Freezing Cold After Omaha Rally and Trump Had Absolutely No Plan to Help Them
Yet again we’re forced to deal with Trump (and his team’s) utter incompetence and that a man who can’t run a 20 bus parade in Obama shouldn’t be allowed to run the country.
Details are still emerging and we’re not going to say much that is not in the Washington Post report. Here is what we know, in the midwest where the rallies are occurring and the spikes are happening one would think he’d be very careful about what he says. Instead, he complained the news was all “COVID” and on Nov. 4th it will be gone. When he was done Trump obviously has an entire fleet at his disposal, and winged out of Omaha just as temperatures hit 32 degrees.
But as long lines of MAGA-clad attendees queued up for buses to take them to distant parking lots, it quickly became clear that something was wrong. The buses that were to be used couldn’t navigate the narrow turns at the airport.
The buses, the huge 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 were taken to hospitals, according to Omaha Scanner, which monitors official radio traffic. Police and fire authorities didn’t immediately return messages from The Washington Post early Wednesday and declined to provide reporters on the scene with precise numbers of how many needed treatment.
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
The Trump campaign said it had provided enough buses but that traffic on the two-lane road outside the airport was throttled to one direction after the rally, tweeted Aaron Sanderford, a political reporter at the Omaha World-Herald. The campaign didn’t immediately respond to a message from The Post.
It appears to us that either someone never even checked with the bus companies about “could they get in through these tiny tight roads?” or never asked “What happens when one lane has to be open for people trying to get to the airport? We simply don’t know.
Though blame is still uncertain, is an awful mistake. In the time of COVID, having people out in cold air in the first place, bunched together, then have them walk miles to their car, putting a few in the hospital? Talk about having no respect for risk at all!
Can it get much worse? We’re afraid to ask!
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