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President Trump’s rally at Eppley Airfield draws thousands

Published: Oct. 27, 2020 at 10:42 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 27, 2020 at 10:01 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - With one week until Election Day, President Trump supporters flocked to Eppley Airfield on Tuesday to see their candidate.

Omaha was the president’s last stop on a three-city tour on Tuesday.

He was in Michigan and Wisconsin as well, appealing to key districts from the election.

Air Force One arrived in Omaha just before 8 p.m. Tuesday.

President Trump addressed the crowd about his plans for the country going forward. Touching on Nebraska’s farmers, ethanol production, unemployment, and other topics.

“Hire more police, increase penalties for assaults on law enforcement and we will ban deadly sanctuary cities,” said Trump. “We will defend religious liberty, free speech, the right to life, and the right to keep and bear arms. We will maintain America’s unrivaled military might.”

10/11 Now also spoke with Jeff Zeleny, a Nebraska native, UNL graduate, and CNN correspondent who’s been following the president since 2016.

He says the decision to come to Nebraska a week out from the election means the campaign is keying in on Nebraska voters. Specifically in Omaha’s second district.

Nebraska is one of two states that allows its electoral votes to be divided.

“The Biden campaign believes that this electoral vote in Nebraska is something that’s within their grasp,” said Zeleny. “People, particularly women voters and young voters, are turning away from the President. The same thing, of course, is happening in Omaha and the surrounding areas. The first district in Lincoln as well. I would suspect the president would not perform as well this time as he did four years ago.”

Back in 2016, Trump picked up all five on Nebraska’s electoral college votes, as did Republican Mitt Romney back in 2012.

The last Democrat to win Nebraska’s 2nd district was Barack Obama in 2008.

At 6 p.m. the Omaha Police Department issued a notice that allocated parking at Eppley Airfield was full, and shuttles for transportation would no longer be taking people to the event. The rally was inaccessible by foot, Uber, cab or any other means of transportation and parking was not allowed in surrounding neighborhoods, roadways or businesses, police stated.

“I heard they opened the doors at, what they say, 4:30, so what time is it now? It is 1 o’clock, so three and a half hours ain’t nothing. We got lots of great people. We get to stand close to each other and talk,” said Robert Borer, a Trump supporter from Lincoln.

“Totally front of the line. I mean, there’s like 15 people ahead of me, that’s it. So we’re very, very excited,” said Jerad Lewis, a Trump supporter from Indiana. “We got VIP. We really lucked out and got some VIP passes and early entry. And I just wanted to say as an American and former marine how great of a job President Trump has done.”

Taking the stage, Trump said Nebraska was looking great and “in theory, I didn’t have to be here but it’s nice to be here.”

He also said there were 29,000 people attending the rally Tuesday night.

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