LIVE BLOG: Trump fires up capacity rally crowd at airport

1 year 3 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, November 01 2018 Nov 1, 2018 Thursday, November 01, 2018 9:13:00 AM CDT November 01, 2018 in News
By: KOMU Digital Staff

COLUMBIA - At a packed rally Thursday night, President Donald Trump used the word "tremendous" multiple times to stress the importance of the midterm election, saying it would make the difference between the "loco" left and the "sane" right.

In a speech punctuated by crowd chants, the president urged supporters to get out and vote for Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley, who is trying to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill in a very tight race.

The Secret Service estimated the crowd would be 7,000 or more. The hangar filled several hours before Trump arrived, and people were told they would have to stay outside and watch on monitors on the tarmac.

Much of the day was focused on event parking and traffic.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol eventually began recommending people take Uber or other ride-sharing services to the site. After the parking lot at Cartwright Business and Technology Park filled, vehicles were director to adjacent fields, but many got stuck in the mud.

Shortly after, Route H was opened to parking, then Airport Road, then parts of 163. Eventually drivers were told to park alongside I-63, while several agencies tweeted all parking was gone.

Trump supporters started arriving overnight, with some camping out in tents. Buses started carrying people from the park to the airport around 8 a.m.

KOMU 8 News sent a team of reporters who tweeted dozens and dozens of photos and videos, including interviews of those there to see Trump. Those tweets, and some Facebook Lives are below in reverse chronological order, with the newest on top.

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