Several supporters of President Trump required medical attention during a campaign rally in Tampa, Florida, on Thursday after waiting several hours in hot, muggy weather.
Journalists covering the potential Covid-super spreader rally reported that several people suffered heat-related ailments.
“It’s hot hot hot at Trump’s large rally. 87 [degrees] and 71% humidity. Have noticed EMTs provide assistance for at least two people in the crowd, one carried out on a stretcher. Staffers trying get water bottles to people but quickly running out and having to restock,” Washington Examiner reporter Emily Larsen tweeted.
People are calling for a medic at Trump's Tampa rally. It's hot, very hot and somebody went down while Mike Waltz is warming up the crowd.
— Zac Anderson (@zacjanderson) October 29, 2020
NBC News’ Monica Alba reported that firefighters were seen shooting water from their firetrucks into the air in an attempt to cool off the crowd.
“It’s so hot here in Tampa (87 degrees) that there’s a truck blasting water at the back of the Trump rally crowd. Multiple people have passed out already, with supporters calling for medics every 5-10 minutes,” Alba tweeted.
It’s so hot here in Tampa (87 degrees) that there’s a truck blasting water at the back of the Trump rally crowd. Multiple people have passed out already, with supporters calling for medics every 5-10 minutes. pic.twitter.com/Iu7I2KbgYi
— Monica Alba (@albamonica) October 29, 2020
Fire truck in the back cooling people off pic.twitter.com/8MJGEcMZMQ
— Emily Larsen (@emilyelarsen) October 29, 2020
We had what appeared to be a fire hose or water cannon spraying at the back of the Trump rally in Tampa, prompting the president to wonder if it was “friend or foe.” (It’s hot here.) pic.twitter.com/LccKnkn2X4
— Anthony Zurcher (@awzurcher) October 29, 2020
At least seven people were taken to hospitals on Tuesday night after an Omaha airport rally for President Trump that drew thousands, many of whom were left stranded miles from their parked cars in freezing weather.
Omaha police said in a written statement that first responders dealt with 30 people for medical reasons throughout the day, and seven were taken to hospitals.
Police-monitoring sites on social media reported that some people suffered adverse effects from temperatures hovering around 30 degrees as they waited for shuttle buses or tried to walk to their cars more than two miles away following the rally.
“Many people underestimated the distance from the event back to the parking lot on foot,” Officer Michael Pecha, spokesman for Omaha police, said in the statement.