Beyond the extremely poor planning, two things stand out. One, Nebraska has a more than 20% positivity rate on COVID-19 tests, and Trump was there for a crowded rally with mostly maskless attendees. Naturally, he used this potential superspreader event to claim “we’re making that final turn” on the virus.
Two, in the final week before Election Day, the Republican incumbent was campaigning in Nebraska. Now, yes, Nebraska divides its electoral votes by congressional district, and one of them is up for grabs. But that tells us that Trump thinks his path to victory might depend on a single vote.
And in fighting for that single vote, Trump showed what a well-oiled campaign concerned for its supporters he is running.
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
If you’re waiting on someone who attended the @realDonaldTrump rally in #Omaha, it may be a while until they get on a bus and get out. Traffic along the small roadway to the private side of Eppley Airfield is backed up and buses were having trouble getting through. We saw this: pic.twitter.com/DTRKnH5lkb
— Aaron Sanderford (@asanderford) October 28, 2020
20 empty busses are stuck in the South Economy parking lot.
— Omaha Scanner (@omaha_scanner) October 28, 2020