‘Logistical nightmare’: PA Trump Supporters are stranded after the president’s rally and wait for buses.

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After an evening campaign rally held at an airport in Butler, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, President Donald Trump’s supporters waited about two hours on Saturday night for shuttle buses to take them back to their cars.

The rally marked Trump’s penultimate campaign outing on Saturday in Pennsylvania – the third of four outings in which the president is pushing for victory in one of the most important states this election season – and the second campaign event, which last week saw significant transportation problems.

Ryan Nobles, a Washington correspondent on CNN who covered the Butler rally, called its aftermath a “massive logistical nightmare” as thousands of participants lingered outside in 41-degree weather. The circumstances were reminiscent of what happened after Trump’s re-election in Omaha, Nebraska last Tuesday, when hundreds of participants waited in freezing temperatures for shuttles to take them to remote parking lots where they had parked their vehicles.

And another Trump rally ends with a massive logistical nightmare, trying to get thousands of people back to their cars to drive home. There are no buses in sight at the moment. It is 41°. pic.twitter.com/BJjsP9Ev1R

– Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) November 1, 2020

The weather in Omaha that night was less forgiving than in Butler on Saturday, and at least seven participants were hospitalized for prolonged exposure to the cold. At the time, Samantha Zager, the Trump campaign’s deputy national secretary, said that roadblocks around the Nebraska rally delayed the arrival of the shuttles in a statement reported by several news agencies, including the Associated Press.

In an interview with Anderson Cooper during the host’s evening news show, Nobles said many trailers returned to their vehicles on foot after the organized transports failed to arrive. The reporter and other members of the CNN crew were among those who decided to walk even though their designated parking lot was closer to the airport than others. Through the windshield of his car, Nobles photographed a group of people walking along the road several miles from the rally site.

“We walked about a mile to the media parking lot, found our car, and were ready to go,” Nobles wrote on Twitter on Saturday around 8:30 p.m. ET, next to a photo of three people walking in the dark just a few feet from us.

“We drove almost 3 miles from the airport and we still see people walking to their cars in the middle of a busy street,” his tweet continued.

We walked about a mile to the media parking lot, found our car and were ready to go. We drove almost 3 miles from the airport and we still see people walking to their cars in the middle of a busy road. pic.twitter.com/QMAA8quUav

– Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) November 1, 2020

Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign’s communications director, spoke on Saturday night at about 10:30 ET to reports of stranded crowds in Butler. In a message forwarded to Twitter, Murtaugh described the CNN coverage as “fake news” and said that all participants had been evacuated within two hours of the president’s departure from Pennsylvania’s western airport.

“After the rally in Butler, PA, @CNN dropped a #fakeNews bomb on the crowd and the shuttles. We had 47 buses, heated tents and hand warmers for those waiting,” Murtaugh wrote. “The buses ran smoothly, all 15k participants were cleared in <2 hours.”

After the Butler rally, PA @CNN dropped a #FakeNews bomb on the crowd and the shuttles.

We had 47 buses, heated tents and hand warmers for the waiting people.

The busses ran smoothly, all 15K participants were
The people at the open-air rally had a lot of fun and made sure to be safe. pic.twitter.com/x9Rlm3xML1

– Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) November 1, 2020

Tekk.tv asked the Trump campaign for a comment, but did not receive a reply in time for publication.

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