President Donald Trump reportedly left several thousand of his supporters stranded at Eppley Airfield after his event in Omaha, Nebraska, Tuesday night, according to Iowa Starting Line.
After the President boarded Air Force One and departed the state around 8:45 p.m., many of the attendees, some of whom waited more than four hours in the cold to listen to him speak, stood in the freezing temperatures on a private road in the middle of the airport.
The above video & this one were taken around 10:15pm. The #Trump rally ended around 8:45pm. Some just gave up and walked from the airfield, back to wherever they parked. It was about 32° out at the time. Many had already spent hours outside as they waited for POTUS to arrive. pic.twitter.com/JYXCLypTQl
— Jeff Paul (@Jeff_Paul) October 28, 2020
CNN’s Jeff Zeleny reported “thousands” of people were stuck in the cold more than an hour after Trump took off from the airport.
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
Fox News reporter Jeff Paul tweeted: “I’m told the shuttles aren’t operating and there aren’t enough busses. Police didn’t seem to know what to do.”
According to a Twitter account named “Omaha Scanner,” police officers located two groups of elderly Trump supporters shortly after the event ended who were struggling in the cold. One group was reportedly frozen in the cold and unable to move.
Another complaint included a call for a medic to assist a 68 year-old man who complained of hypothermia and possibly had an altered mental status.
One officer advising 8 to 9 elderly people who are struggling. Seperate officer advising they have located an elderly party who is frozen cold unable to move with an altered mental status.
— Omaha Scanner (@omaha_scanner) October 28, 2020
The Iowa Starting Line reports that the event was poorly planned from the beginning.