Hundreds of people who attended an election rally for President Donald Trump on Tuesday night at a Nebrask airporta stayed for hours, with temperatures close to zero degrees Celsius, on the runway at Eppley Airfield in Omaha waiting for the buses to go to the parking lots where they had left their vehicles.
Omaha Scanner, a Twitter account that follows notifications in emergency services, indicated that at least seven people had to be taken to city hospitals due to the effects of the low temperatures, and The Omaha World Herald reported that its journalists saw an old woman and a child who were assisted by police in patrol vehicles.
📸 Lines of chartered busses and a few city busses continue to drop off people. The majority of people have been picked up from the rally site. Most crowds are now in various parking lots. pic.twitter.com/hxoisjjJiu
— Omaha Scanner (@omaha_scanner) October 28, 2020
With only six days to go until the electoral process is finished, more than 71 million citizens have already voted and in all national surveys Trump appears about 10 percentage points behind the Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden.
Spokesmen for the Trump campaign, who is seeking re-election on November 3, They said they had hired enough buses to transport the attendees to and from the parking lots, but that the attendance of more people than expected delayed the return of the vehicles.
Organizers calculated that Trump It attracted some 29,000 people and spoke for almost an hour at the rally that concluded shortly before 9:00 p.m. local time. Some of the attendees had to wait until after midnight to return to the cars parked several kilometers away.
Trump reiterated in his speech that the US -with 23% of deaths from covid-19 worldwide- “is already entering the final stretch” to end the pandemic, and left aboard the Air Force One plane.
CNN television reporter Jeff Zeleny reported at that time on his Twitter account that the president had left an hour and 20 minutes ago. “but thousands of his supporters” remained “stranded on a dark road outside the rally.”
President Trump took off in Air Force One 1 hr 20 minutes ago, but thousands of his supporters remain stranded on a dark road outside the rally. “We need at least 30 more buses,” an Omaha police officer just said, shaking his head at the chaotic cluster that is unfolding.
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) October 28, 2020
Most of those attending Trump’s campaign rallies, encouraged by the same candidate, they refuse to wear masks to contain the contagion of the cause of covid-19, the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, and according to the local newspaper about 6,000 people crowded outside the airport.
Already before the start of the rally, the police had warned that the parking lots were full, And since the buses took half an hour to transport followers from almost five kilometers, hundreds of people were late, according to the Iowa Starting Line platform.