Trump starts and ends Colorado Springs speech by ripping the local fire marshal

“That’s why we’re going to hell.”

Trump starts and ends Colorado Springs speech by ripping the local fire marshal

 

Moments after Donald Trump took the stage on a college campus in Colorado Springs, he tore into what is really making America not so great.

“We have thousands of people in a room next door,” he said. “We have thousands of people trying to get in and we have a fire marshal that says ‘No, we can’t allow more people in.'”

Trump said it was “so unfair” to those who couldn’t make it inside the 1,500-capacity auditorium.

“They won’t let them in, and the reason they won’t let them in is because they don’t know what the hell they’re doing, that’s why,” Trump said to loud cheers. “That’s why our country has — hey, maybe they’re a Hillary person. Could that be the answer? Probably.”

Trump called it a “disgraceful situation,” adding, “this is the kind of thing we have in federal government also, by the way, and then you wonder why we’re going to hell. That’s why we’re going to hell.”

A long line of attendees trying to get in snaked down the sidewalk and around the building. Those who couldn’t get in filled a separate room on campus.

Toward the end of his hourlong speech, Trump again circled back and lit up the fire marshal.

“He’s probably a Democrat,” Trump said. “Probably a guy that doesn’t get it.”

He ended by saying he would go speak to the overflow crowd next door.

Following the speech, Brett Lacey, the fire marshal in question, said in an interview he is a registered voter but declined to say whether he is a member of a political party.

“It doesn’t matter to me,” he said. “We’re just here to do the job.”

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Corey Hutchins

is a journalist in Colorado, and Columbia Journalism Review's Rocky Mountain correspondent for the United States Project.

14 Comments

  1. LJG on said:

    Another STUPID remark by Trump, who isn’t qualified to be a fire marshal much less president of this country. Maybe this idiot from NYC ought to read history of fire codes including the Triangle Fire in NYC that killed/burned to death hundreds of women and children. The reason Trump’s campaign booked UCCS is because it was a smaller venue than the Western Conservative Summit where Trump couldn’t fill be half of the room – and he was embarrassed.

  2. VG Allman on said:

    If a Fire had actually broke out during Trumps Speech he would be the first through the exit doors, women and children after him, In the midst of heat wave with fire dept equipment resources stretched to the max, limited secrete service screening by time allowed this Man is so full of himself he doesn’t know the phrase ” Safety First”?

  3. Will Morrison on said:

    THIS is how he acts presidential? I’d hate to see how he acts when he’s being a whining BABY! Good God, republicans, is this REALLY what you want the president of this country to act like? What is WRONG with you people? You’ve lost your minds in an attempt to show how much you hate Obama. That’s not sane, people.

    I feel sorry for you, really I do. You’ve lost sight of what it means to BE an American. And all so you can hate on the black president. Shame on you people.

  4. Richard B. Stahl on said:

    Once again Mr. Trump establishes that yes, he is an idiot. He also just stupidly minimized every fireman in the country. If 5,000 people are in a room, having a fire code capacity of 1,500, and a fire breaks out. Depending on the spread of the fire, hundreds or thousands of those occupants will burn to death before they can get out. That`s the reason Fire Marshals establish the maximum number of people that can occupy a room, or a building, at the same time. Mr. Trump said “it`s not my fault” Trump is a long time Real Estate big shot. I find it impossible to believe that he`s never become aware of the capacity laws of our municipal building codes, and Fire District Capacity codes. He even accused the Democrats. Trump, and his followers, would simply be clowns, if they weren`t so dangerous! Has anything ever been Trump`s fault?

  5. Nancy Encinosa on said:

    I truly think Republicans are going to impeach or put him in an asylum first week if he should ever get into White House, & then Mike Pence would be in place. Because logically I can not for the life of me wonder Why

  6. Lenora D on said:

    I THINK what might have happened is that quite a few citizens reserved seats and did not attend in an effort to make a statement. So the room was “sold out” and I don’t know that they were allowed to let more people in. Trump probably didn’t know this – or was embarrassed.

  7. LJ Jones on said:

    @Will Morrison, now don’t go saying things that make sense. There are some that can’t handle it.

  8. labman57 on said:

    It’s not necessarily only about how many people can be squeezed into the room. It’s also about how quickly people can exit in the case of an emergency.
    But Trump is so self-absorbed and arrogant, he always thinks he knows more than those who are trained for dealing with a particular situation.
    And he can’t help but act like a petulant child, insulting anyone who prevents him from getting his way.

    Once again, Donald demonstrates that he lacks the judgment and temperament to be POTUS.

  9. C. Chase on said:

    Donald Trump verbally attacked Fire Marshal Brett Lacey, a brave man who was named Citizen of the Year in February, for his efforts following the shootings at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Clinic in November. This is how much Trump respects others because its all about the Donald 24/7. He is a cruel narcissist.

  10. City Wok on said:

    So, because the Fire Marshal enforced code, he’s a damned dirty democrat and must be a “Hillary person”

    But had the Fire Marshal BROKEN the rules, he’d be a Trump person.

    Therefore, Break the rules for [Trump] if you want to be rewarded. SOUNDS LIKE RIGGING is ok for Dodgy Donald.

    Typical, transparent, one-dimensional, and totally predictable Trump. *yawn*

  11. wasntme on said:

    I’m sure Trump really doesn’t expect them to overfill the auditorium and there is more to the story. There usually is. For instance, in other articles they say it holds 2500 people, but here it says 1500. Did they not let all 2500 in? It’s not like he left people who were counting on him to die or anything.

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