OMAHA, Neb. - Air Force One touched down in Omaha just before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, and the motorcade made its way to the Republican rally already in progress at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs.
Mid-America Center is getting packed. Very lively crowd. We saw a signage wave in crowd earlier, dancing, and a lot of energy. People anxiously waiting for @POTUS. 🇺🇸 @3NewsNowOmaha pic.twitter.com/BtWP87q3KI
— Maya Saenz - KMTV (@Maya_Reports) October 9, 2018
— Maya Saenz - KMTV (@Maya_Reports) October 10, 2018
At the rally, President Donald Trump gave his endorsement to local Republicans running for re-election in the November midterms, bringing some of them up to the podium. He also spoke about today's announcement allowing the sale of E15 ethanol blends year-round.
15 minutes in, President has touched on economy, immigration, trade. Crowd erupts as he mentions “people of Nebraska”. Crowd responds Go Big Red
— Craig Nigrelli (@CraigNigrelli) October 9, 2018
President acknowledges fellow Republicans Bacon, Fortenberry, King in the House. Governor Pete Ricketts then turns podium over to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds
— Craig Nigrelli (@CraigNigrelli) October 10, 2018
Rep. Don Bacon, running for re-election as Nebraska's 2nd district Congressman, spoke ahead of the president's arrival at the Mid-America Center. Congressman David Young, running for re-election as Iowa's 3rd district representative, spoke after Bacon.
Protesters gathered outside ahead of the president's arrival. An altercation broke out a few minutes before Trump finished speaking. (WARNING: Video below contains explicit language.)
— Alex McLoon (@AlexMcLoon) October 10, 2018
Air Force One departed Eppley within about an hour of the end of the rally.
— NEStatePatrol (@NEStatePatrol) October 10, 2018
Watch video excerpts of the rally in the carousel above, or in the 3 News Now app for TV and mobile.