President Trump on Tuesday held an outdoor rally in traditionally red Nebraska where he capped off a day of campaigning in three states he won in 2016 but where he now finds himself on defense.
“I mean, in theory, I didn’t really have to be here, but it’s nice to be with your friends, too,” Trump told the crowd
Trump then told the crowd that in order to win a second term, “we have to win both Nebraskas.”
“You that right? You have two, you’re cut. We’re gonna win both,” Trump added.
Can someone please tell Donald Trump that there's only one NEBRASKA? pic.twitter.com/RLfuvdnju0
— 👻 🎃 Kyle Morse 🎃 👻 (@Kyle_A_Morse) October 28, 2020
It is unclear what exactly Trump was referring to.
Nebraska awards five electoral votes total: two to the overall winner of the state, and one each to the winner of each the three congressional districts. Trump won the state of Nebraska by more than 200,000 votes in 2016, and he also carried the state’s 2nd Congressional District and its single electoral vote.
Polls have shown Trump is still a favorite to carry the state, but Biden appears to be a slight favorite in the 2nd Congressional District. A New York Times/Siena College poll from late September showed Biden ahead in the district by 7 percentage points, while a poll conducted for the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC showed the former vice president leading by 11 percentage points.
Thousands were left in the cold after the event, according to Fox News reporter Jeff Paul. “I’m told the shuttles aren’t operating and there aren’t enough busses,” tweeted Paul. “Police didn’t seem to know what to do.”
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
After the President boarded Air Force One and departed the state, many of the attendees, some of whom waited more than four hours to listen to him speak, stood in the freezing temperatures on a private road in the middle of the airport.
CNN’s Jeff Zeleny reported “thousands” of people were stuck in the cold more than an hour after Trump took off from the airport.
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.