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Donald Trump Courts Senior Citizen Vote by Nearly Freezing Half a Dozen to Death

In the final stretch of Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign, he’s held dozens of rallies, sometimes multiple times a day, in an attempt to reverse his extremely sad standing in the polls. Unfortunately for Trump, it does not appear to be working—Joe Biden is still ahead when, at the same time in 2016, Hillary Clinton was slipping, and the Democratic nominee is trouncing the president in battleground states like Wisconsin. Moreover, Trump’s rallies could literally kill their attendees, and not just because they’re potential COVID-19 super-spreader events.

Last night in Omaha, Nebraska, for example, thousands of people, many of whom were elderly, were stranded in the freezing cold, with a number of them being treated for hypothermia, and some of them hospitalized. Because when Donald Trump says, “We love our senior citizens,” he means, I see your lips turning blue, grandma, but sorry, I’ve got a plane to catch:

The president left on Air Force One just after 9 p.m following the event at the Eppley Airfield. But many of his supporters were stuck there until very late at night, miles away from their cars, waiting for the buses the Trump campaign had chartered to shuttle attendees back to the parking lot…Thirty people were “contacted for medical reasons” and seven were transported to the hospital from the event, a spokesperson for the Omaha Police Department told BuzzFeed News.

According to Omaha Scanner, a Twitter account that monitors local emergency scanners in the area, a number of people had to be treated for hypothermia and other conditions as a result of the cold. One older adult was reported to be “frozen cold unable to move with an altered mental status.” Police said many attendees walked about three miles back to the parking lot, and that officers personally transported some older attendees who were having difficulty in the cold and chaos back to their cars…. The weather hovered around freezing with a strong wind chill, records from the National Weather Service show, making temperatures feel frigid.

“Is there any place you would rather be than a Trump rally on about a 10-degree evening? It’s cold out here, but that’s okay,” Trump said, although, presumably, it wouldn’t have been okay with him if he, too, were forced to spend several more hours in bone-chilling temperatures and then slog it three miles back to Air Force One. ”I said I won’t put on a hat, because I’m gonna show you how tough we are.”

State Senator Megan Hunt, a Democrat, tweeted that “supporters of the President were brought in, but buses weren’t able to get back to transport people out.”

“It’s freezing and snowy in Omaha tonight,” Hunt said. “What people will do for this con man, what people have sacrificed, is so sad to me. He truly does not care about you.”

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