The reason why thousands of supporters were turned away from a Friday rally for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Columbus, Ohio, might have had more to do with politics than public safety.
The event was held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, a venue that can seat well over 4,000 people, but Fire Marshal Kevin O’Connor limited the size of the event to 1,000 people.
In speaking with reporters before the rally, Trump was clearly not happy about the situation and called out the fire marshal for playing politics.
He might not be too far from the truth.
It would appear as though O’Conner is part of the Democrat machine via Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, who is also a Democrat.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 1, 2016
Trump called the move “politics at its lowest” and he’s right.
Twitter users posted images of thousands of people waiting in line.
Trump first event in Columbus – line wrapped around building – campaign aides say Fire Marshall not letting more in pic.twitter.com/vUh34Es056
— John Santucci (@JTSantucci) August 1, 2016