Donald Trump’s Nazi rally in Tampa left a dozen supporters hospitalized

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Did Donald Trump or his campaign ever apologize for leaving thousands of people stranded in the dark in Omaha this week? Trump did a late-night rally at an airport hanger in Omaha, and the campaign bused people in. Even the people who drove to the Nazi rally on their own had to park miles away. Then once Trump boarded Air Force One, the lights were turned off and there were no working buses or shuttles. It was below freezing that night, and people were cold and stranded and a dozen seniors had to be hospitalized. Well, it happened again, only this time it was in the Florida heat.

A crowded Trump rally in steamy Tampa, Florida, on Thursday resulted in 17 attendees needing medical attention, with a dozen being taken to the hospital, fire officials told NBC News. Trump spoke for just under an hour in 87-degree heat at the event outside of Raymond James Stadium to a largely mask-less group of supporters.

A fire truck at the rear of the rally sprayed water in the air to rain down on some rallygoers, but the heat was too much for some attendees, many of whom had been waiting for hours. Tampa Fire Rescue said one of the attendees fainted and another had a seizure. The other 10 who were taken to the hospital were just listed as “sick” with no other details.

The incident came two days after 30 rallygoers in Omaha, Nebraska, needed medical attention after transportation issues resulted in hundreds of attendees being stuck for hours in the freezing cold. Officials said seven were taken to area hospitals with a variety of ailments. The temperature in the area was in the mid-30s at the time but as low as 27 degrees with wind chill.

The Trump campaign blamed the delay on “local road closures” that held up their shuttle buses.

“We always strive to provide the best guest experience at our events and we care about their safety,” the campaign said Wednesday.

The weather impacted another Trump rally planned for North Carolina later on Thursday, which was called off because of high winds. “Very bad weather, the wind was terrible. We were forced to do it for safety reasons,” Trump told NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell during a stop at Fort Bragg. “We’re re-doing it on Monday.”

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Someone pointed out on Twitter that for local Floridians, 87-degree heat is nothing, which makes me wonder how many people came in from out-of-state or they were possibly flown in by the campaign or something. But yeah – it’s this completely bizarre parallel story in the final month of the election, which is that Donald Trump is actively trying to kill his supporters. He’s trying to kill them with maskless super-spreader events and he’s trying to kill them by leaving them stranded or stuck in horrible conditions. I mean, I don’t feel sorry for any of his Nazi rally attendees. Clearly, they’re ride-or-die for him, emphasis on the “die.”

Speaking of the pandemic – which has killed more than 229,000 Americans on Trump’s watch – while he was in Tampa, Trump said that as soon as the election was over, Democrats were going open up their states, and that lockdown measures were just a political tool to make him look bad.

And then he said this to the packed crowd, with no social distancing and few masks.

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  1. ccsays says:

    Jfc, that last picture is borderline black face. If he wasn’t so reprehensible I’d almost feel sorry for him for having no one around him who loves him enough to tell him he looks f***ing ridiculous.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      it gets me every time. the super dark orange-ish brown and then THAT DAMN LINE on the side where the orange ends and the white/gray begins. it looks ridiculous, like a cartoon. how anyone can look at him and think, “yeah, this guy is fit to lead our country” is beyond me.

    • SamC says:

      He probably tries to skip out or undercut payment for his makeup artist, like he does with contractors, suppliers, tax payers, etc. and this is their subtle payback..

    • Nina says:

      And that doesn’t look like the real Melania….

      • Juls says:

        Definitely the fake. The nose is a dead giveaway. And Melania would never smile like that at her troll husband

  2. Mac says:

    MAGA is a death cult.

  3. Merricat says:

    Yep, Trump will be the death of you if you follow him. For pity’s sake, if he doesn’t care about his supporters, he sure as hell doesn’t care about the rest of us. How many times does he have to prove it?

  4. Sierra says:

    Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.

  5. Tanguerita says:

    They get what they deserve – and they don’t deserve better. So I’ll use my tiny violin some place else.

  6. Chris says:

    I still think he’s trying to off his supporters. Was he having this rally on a tarmac? I guess the heat coming off the tarmac and the people packed together may have done it?

    • Alarmjaguar says:

      Because his campaign is out of money and can’t pay for other facilities (haha) and many places he can’t hold indoor rallies b/c of the health codes in place for covid.

      • Esmom says:

        It’s also super convenient for Trump and his team, they can just get the F out immediately, not waste any more time in some place they give zero real Fs about than they have to. And super inconvenient for everyone else.

    • H says:

      Actually, the humidity has been really bad here in FL for the last week. So, if it was 87 degrees, with humidity, it was more than likely 95 (with no shade outside the stadium). But, I guess some are willing to die to see Dear Leader.

      • Chris says:

        That all makes sense, I can’t imagine renting a tarmac is super expensive vs arena. They do realize that if they die, they cannot vote for him on election day right? He literally does not care if they live or die and they still fawn over him. It’s…. super desperate.

  7. Audrey says:

    I am so incredibly anxious about Tuesday and the problem is that it may not be over by then! Ugh…I want to stick my head in the sand and not come up for a couple of months!

    • Suz says:

      Yeah, I’m having flashbacks to the 2000 election. That was bleak.

    • LaurenMichelle says:

      Me too! I’m Canadian, and I am dreading the election. All the uncertainty & hatefulness is truly frightening.

    • ChillyWilly says:

      Me too, Audrey. I’m scared to death. I just want it over with and time has been going so slowly this past 2 weeks.

  8. Feedmechips says:

    All I have to say is: haha!

  9. Darla says:

    He’s tried freezing them to death, he’s tried heatstroke, I say next he is going to gas the crowd.

  10. Juls says:

    Awwwww, snowflakes melting in the Florida sunshine. Bless their hearts……

    • StartupSpouse says:

      I’m from FL. 87 degrees in October is breezy even if there isn’t a cloud in the sky. Agree with Kaiser that these were not locals.

      • cassandra says:

        I live an hour south of Tampa and the weather this week has been beautiful!

        Out of towners or older frail people who shouldn’t be there.

  11. Christin says:

    The same health safety measures from 1918 (which he calls 1917) are used today. Wearing face coverings, covering coughs and distancing were methods used then – including closing schools and businesses.

    But sure, a 2020 global pandemic is a hoax just to hurt one dude’s 2020 campaign. How can anyone fall for this, much less show up in person to support it?

    • Sara says:

      His narcissism knows no bounds. And did you also know that anyone who is currently a journalist, scientist or historian magically knew that one day Donald J. Trump would be president and embarked on their career just to lie about everything in order to ruin his presidency? It’s true!

    • ChillyWilly says:

      These people are in for a huge dose of reality once the election is over and Covid is still ripping through our country.

  12. Sara says:

    These rallies are the Jonestown Kool-aid.

  13. el_annoy says:

    87 degrees is no big deal in Florida, happens all the time sure. But the Floridians I know never go out in the heat. They move from air conditioned houses to air conditioned shops or work places in their air conditioned cars.

    • AL says:

      As a former 20-year Floridian that’s true. I got so sick of A/C – freezing cold with a sweater on inside while it was 90 degrees outside.

    • StartupSpouse says:

      Said this upthread, but 87 degrees in October is different than 87 degrees in August in FL. It’s not as humid and with an ocean breeze it shouldn’t be an issue, even for seniors.

      • H says:

        Yeah, but Raymond James Stadium is no where near the beaches. It’s in the middle of Tampa. Speaking as someone who has asthma and lives in FL, this week has been bad for breathing because of the humidity. Happy to say we are getting cooler weather this weekend. Just wish the Orange One would stay out of FL. His superspreader events are going to kill us locals (and all of us, probably).

  14. HeatherC says:

    So many out of state MAGAts are going to his superspreader health rallies. I’ve been in NY hospitals when COVID19 was bad.

    Some nurses are able to excuse themselves from caring for patients for a myriad of reasons. I wish I could refuse to care for the COVIDiots who deliberately put themselves out there to catch it and come home to spread it. Think of the resources we’d save.

    • fluffy says:

      Thank you so much for caring for all your patients even though some are reprehensible people.

    • Traveler says:

      I also want to say thank you for putting your life in danger to save others.
      I firmly believe that healthcare workers should be able to refuse treatment to those that have intentionally defied the guidelines. Your lives should be prioritized. Mine is a harsh opinion, I know, but I stand by it.

      • Anna says:

        Totally agree @Traveler Why should they take precious limited resources (resources they have a hand in limiting in the first place due to their rabid support of 45) and continue to put everyone’s lives in danger? If you have not followed protocol, you should be put at the bottom of the priority list for care since no one’s health was a priority for you before you ended up in the hospital with covid.

  15. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’d love to empathize with stranded mistreated Americans. But what I’ve witnessed the past four years from politically right officials and their supporters is absolutely nothing short of tangible hate, threatening tactics and a continual stream of despicable and dangerous lies. My only prayer is that karma is, indeed, very much a royally hateful and merciless bitch.

  16. Sean says:

    I’ll never understand how otherwise rational people can support him. The only way I can explain it is that deep down they’re apathetic, agree with his horrendous rhetoric or both. It pains me because that includes people I love.

    I had a Skype date last night with a 30-something (white) woman. We’d met via dating app and had been steadily exchanging texts prior. When we started our chat, the conversation flowed seamlessly. We exchanged stories, made each other laugh and I had that feeling this could be something special.

    I knew from a previous conversation she worked for the government. I had mentioned it’s an interesting period in our country’s history to work in that position. She said it’s always interesting working for the government. We began to talk about the pandemic and how it’s affected our lives and our occupations. I then commented we wouldn’t be dealing with so much if the Trump Administration hadn’t f@#$?! up the response.

    She paused and said “So, I’m more conservative.”. I asked her if she voted for him. She countered that she “didn’t like him.” I asked her again and she admitted she voted for him in 2016 and again this year. She then said “we’re obviously going to disagree on this.”

    I asked her what was it about him that appealed to her. She again said she “didn’t like him” but we have an “immigration problem” and Biden/Harris didn’t have a good plan for dealing with it. All of her choices this year were not good do she went with the one that aligned the closest with her values.

    I asked her what Trump has done to improve our immigration problems because separating children from their parents and forcing migrant women to undergo hysterectomies wasn’t solving jack not to mention based in cruelty. She said she “knew” about those aspects but didn’t agree with it. She then tried to “both sides” me. She tried to justify it by telling me she’s visited one of the detention centers as part of her job.

    I asked her what she felt Trump has done right in the last four years to warrant another term. She admitted he’s not perfect. We then talked about his response to the pandemic she said Obama was the one who depleted funding for pandemic response but admitted Trump hasn’t done anything to improve upon that.

    I asked her to defend him saying he “takes no responsibility” for how the virus is affecting the country he leads. Or defend Trump verbally attacking a journalist for asking him what words of encouragement he had for Americans who are scared or facing hardships because of the virus. She didn’t have an answer.

    I then told her I could kind of, sort of forgive someone for voting for him in 2916 despite the plethora of evidence that he was horrible. However, you’re just a bad person if you continued your support and voted for him a second time.

    To that, she just said “So… we’re probably not a good match…”. I ended the call and blocked her number.

    • Gina says:

      She’s racist and sounds like, completely hart-less.

      • Sean says:

        AND she tried to make sound like she was compassionate by saying she “sat on the floor coloring with the children” when she visited one of the detention centers.

        Regular Mother Theresa for sure…

    • MF1 says:

      GOOD FOR YOU for shutting her down hard. I noticed that she didn’t have a direct answer to any of your questions, just excuses about how didn’t like him but didn’t have a better option to vote for.

    • Lady Keller says:

      Wow! I’m sorry you had to go through that. I cannot believe that is anyone’s take on the dumpster fire that is the last four years. That someone would vote for that orange anus (wont even bring myself to say his name) over immigration issues. SMH.

      Good luck out there Sean, you deserve a lot better than this B. I hope she gets everything she deserves out of life.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      I’m with Gina on this.

      she couldn’t articulate much of a reason for voting for him which indicates to me that she didn’t WANT to articulate her actual reason…she doesn’t like brown-skinned people. or maybe LGBTQI people…or maybe Jewish people…but, bottom line is that she’s likely a bigot.

    • Darla says:

      Yeah, dealbreaker for me too. You deserve a lot better than her, you’ll find it.

    • Esmom says:

      Yikes, Sean, you dodged a bullet. Sorry you thought it was promising at first only to be let down in such a horrible way, that really sucks. But settling for a MAGA gal would probably be much worse.

    • Silent Star says:

      @Sean, that’s so frustrating! Good for you for making her try to articulate her opinions though.

      Her responses are just effing lazy. I am so done with people who are too lazy to go deeper than the misleading headlines they are obviously reading. She’s just parroting the simplest propaganda that she’s heard and obviously doesn’t actually understand how things work. The same kind of people cite “taxes” as reasons to vote conservatively, without knowing anything about how tax policy affects them or admitting that their conservative leaders are wasting more tax money through bad policy and corruption than the liberal alternative (in some cases).

    • ChillyWilly says:

      You dodged a bullet, Sean. An “immigration issue”? Like, how do “immigrants” directly affect this woman? And does she mean immigrants from the UK or just the brown kind? It’s so ridiculous and the “immigrants” she is referring to are actually refugees.

    • Christin says:

      Sorry for the letdown, but glad you found out these deeper issues now instead of later.

      Is she 100 percent Native American? Because if not, she’s descended from (gasp) immigrants. What if her ancestors had been treated this way and/or viewed as a “problem”.

      • Sean says:

        No she’s white.

        Thanks for the positive thoughts, everyone. It made me smile.

      • Christin says:

        My dating days ended just as online started roughly 20 years ago. Interestingly, every person who ended up showing me disrespect or gaslighting tendencies has now revealed themselves to be full-blown Orangeites. It’s not 50/50, but 100 percent!

        Who knew how revealing political preferences could truly be!

      • Anna says:

        Um @Christin not 100%. You’re leaving out Black people who were forcibly brought here through chattel slavery. Yes, there are many Black immigrants–the Black community is not monolithic–but this statement is incorrect and erases foundational history of this country.

    • Stacy Dresden says:

      Good for you, Sean. That can’t have been an easy conversation.

    • Nina says:

      My Match profile said something like “If you voted for Trump, we are probably not a good match, so please don’t contact me.” I had some guys get REALLY angry but the man who is my boyfriend now [going on 3 years] said that was why he emailed me.

  17. C-Shell says:

    And today, they are already gathering in bitterly cold temps in Waterford Twp, MI for his next Nazi rally, so we will probably see more MAGAt flies dropping one way or another. I try to summon some sympathy, but they are willingly putting themselves at risk so 🤷‍♀️

    • Gina says:

      Zero sympathy. They get what they deserve.

    • Esmom says:

      He’s in MI again?

      • C-Shell says:

        And then Green Bay, WI and Rochester, MN this evening. It’ll be interesting to see if they strand their lemmings standing in the dark and freezing temps again tonight.

      • Esmom says:

        Ugh. My son goes to school in Michigan and his eyes have been opened up to just how many Trump supporting students he knows.

        As for stranding the MAGAts, you’d think they would have learned from Omaha, but this is the Trump confederacy of dunces so who knows.

  18. Midnight@theOasis says:

    😂😂😂😂 How can people be so stupid and crazy to attend these Nazi rallies and believe a word out of that lying man’s mouth? Talk about drinking the Kool Aid.

  19. AnnaKist says:

    God, I’d give a kidney for the world to be rid of him and all his vile family and followers. Who do I call to arrange that?

  20. Rapunzel says:

    Part of what caused the heat issues was the fact they were all packed too close together. Superspreading morons.

    My area had been getting better, but we’ve had 3 or 4 superspreader “rallies” for Trump and numbers are rising. I’m just so sick of Trumpsters. And living in constant fear of what these wackos around me will do if hd loses.

    Also my dearest aunt/godmother just told me that she voted for the first time at 64… for Trump. I’m just beyond broken with all the dumb. And disappointment.

  21. Kristin says:

    I know I should be a good, forgiving and righteous Christian, but I swear that when I saw this headline, the only thing that came out of my mouth was. “bwahahahahaha!!!!!!!”

  22. Kristin says:

    But on a separate note, there is some glimmer of hope for the human race. A recent poll indicated that nearly 70% of Americans disapprove of Trump’s rallies and think they’re both ridiculous and dangerous. The majority approved of the way Biden is holding small, safe gatherings. It’s not much, but these days I’ll take whatever positive news I can get! I live just outside of Chicago and I gotta tell you, I’ve never in my life been so incredibly grateful to live in Blue State! That’s why everyone automatically knew that whole Jussie Smollett incident was a hoax. As soon as he said the “attackers” were wearing MAGA hats, everyone here was like, “MAGA hats?!?! In Chicago?!?” HIGHLY unlikely, lol!

  23. Annie says:

    That’s what happens when you’re so intent in owning the libz, you will do ANYTHING and you won’t question it. You think you’re harming someone else, but you’re harming yourself and your family. You’re not thinking. I wouldn’t do a damn thing for that man and people are out there risking their life?

    • Traveler says:

      You know, I just don’t get the “owning the libs” thing at all. Putting aside compassion for others and thinking purely selfishly for now, are they against affordable healthcare for themselves, against relying on a safe and secure social security check and medicare when they retire and are on a fixed income, against having access to medicaid if they or their family members ever find themselves in financial difficulties, against being able to breathe fresh air and drink clean water (let alone having any chance of living in a beautiful environment), etc., etc., etc……………………”owning the libs” is just cutting off your nose to spite your face. Zero reward for average citizens.

      The many MAGAts in my extended family take full advantage of all these benefits and couldn’t live without almost every one mentioned…….none of this makes any sense to me.

  24. terrah says:

    trump has made no secret about endorsing hydrocholeracoxy ooga and REGENERON!!!!! after his own suspiciously brief brush with covid.. If you are about to be turfed out of office with a pandemic raging around you, and you have invested money in said pandemics “preventions and cures” – wouldn’t you want to develop your markets too by engineering the infection of as many people as possible? He’s killing people to sell other, richer people cures. dollar deaths for this snake oil satan and his disgusting minions.

  25. Winterforever says:

    I’m from Florida and 87° heat is nothing to us for the most part, but if there’s extremely high humidity no one is immune from overheating. Breathing alone is hard enough sometimes.

  26. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    There are so many fucks that I do not give for the health of neo-Nazis: I can summon no sympathy for those who not only support a sociopath, ignorant, sadistic narcissist who has done everything he can to destroy the natural environment (look at what he is doing to Bear Ears, FFS) and every human construct of decency, democracy and justice, but are wantonly putting the health of locals at risk. These stains on humanity, who just can’t grasp the fact that their freedom ends where another’s begins, are rooting for four more years of living hell. Let them croak.
    I never used to be like this. I would show compassion to all people at all times, no matter how unpleasant they were. But watching the complete unraveling of an entire nation at the whim of a fascist dictator and his loathsome family has hardened me. I can’t be be bothered with 2nd Amendment, Abortion destines you to hellfire, break the environment with gas and oil exploitation at all costs, children in cages and ‘gimmegrant’ rants, build the wall, the Liar in Chief is a holy man of God, creatures. The fewer there are of them, the more chance Biden has to sweep the board. Blue at all costs.

  27. FF says:

    He doesn’t care if they die, and they don’t care if they die. If they loved themselves they wouldn’t be voting for him.

  28. Emily says:

    MAGA is literally a death cult.

  29. nic says:

    Has he had plastic surgery recently?

  30. Elina says:

    What is up with your ads? Lordt!

  31. Milkweed says:

    His fake tan and fake teeth are so stupid together.

  32. Leah says:

    Well he left his supporters basically frozen to a Nebraska highway so heatstroke in Florida isn’t a surprise. His supporters are like lemmings, nothing is too deadly for dear leader. *eye roll*

    Absolutely dreading the post election world because no matter what the outcome, there will be trouble. IMO The people to fear the most are his supporters because he’s given them free rein to do as they please. I’m not buying a gun, I’m just going to do what I’ve been doing since March, working from home and staying out of the way of the virus (and any post election trouble) as best I can.

    Yesterday at Costco (this was at 2pm on a Friday) it felt like March again. No toilet paper or Clorox wipes to be found, people bunched up trying to see if they’d release a pallet of food. Rice bags down to three. It just felt like everyone was on edge. It was an uncomfortable, nervous edge. People were masked and acting a proper 6 feet but still it didn’t feel normal. I think peeps are getting ready to hunker down again and honestly I don’t blame them.

  33. Deeanna says:

    The age of the attendees has a bearing on this also. Older people’s bodies do not temperature regulate like they did when they were younger. So they do not do well in very low or very high temperatures.