It’s always said that in the last week of an election, it’s not about convincing swing voters or changing hearts and minds. It’s about turnout. It’s about convincing every single registered voter to cast their ballot. Which is why candidates will often do a blitz of appearances in swing states AND states where they just need to convince their voters to turn out, even if everyone knows they’re solidly Republican or solidly Democratic. That being said, it’s kind of a strange move for Trump to be in NEBRASKA on the Tuesday before Election Day. Nebraska is solidly red. Nebraska has not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in my lifetime. Trump doesn’t even need to worry about turning out the vote in Nebraska. So why was he there?
So, yeah, Trump threw himself a lil’ Nazi rally in Omaha last night. He actually made two campaign stops, one in Lansing, Michigan and one in Omaha. Michigan is a legit swing state. I’m sure there were probably a million lines which would have outraged me, but these are the ones I’m choosing to focus on:
Trump: We’re getting your husbands back to work pic.twitter.com/MOHh0d1Vu7
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) October 27, 2020
"We will vanquish the vaccine" pic.twitter.com/f3MBlq3PWK
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 28, 2020
Just the 1950s vibe of “we’re getting your husbands back to work” especially with record numbers of women losing their jobs during the pandemic… holy sh-t. As for “vanquish the vaccine…” he really struggles to say anything about the pandemic. My God.
Anyway, after his lil’ Nazi rally was over in Omaha, Trump waddled back to Air Force One and got the f–k out of Nebraska. Leaving “thousands” of supporters stranded in the dark, miles away from their cars, in what was apparently blistering cold. Elderly people ended up in the hospital.
If you aren’t paying attention to this absolute shitshow in Omaha in the wake of Trump‘s rally, you should be. They bussed supporters in then effectively left them to walk several miles in the cold back to their cars. Several taken to the hospital. This is Trump in a nutshell. https://t.co/4zeEuIaL1m
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) October 28, 2020
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
Thousands of people left out in the cold and stranded in #Omaha, #Nebraska after a #Trump rally. I’m told the shuttles aren’t operating & there aren’t enough busses. Police didn’t seem to know what to do. Some walked. I saw at least one woman getting medical attention. pic.twitter.com/oIkmixaZt0
— Jeff Paul (@Jeff_Paul) October 28, 2020
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