CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - President Donald Trump was back in the Heartland before the General Election.
President Trump was Cape Girardeau, Missouri on Monday, Nov. 5 at the Show Me Center for a rally at 9 p.m.
The Show Me Center was at full capacity and others being moved to overflow. Capacity is at 7,500. Guests included Rush Limbaugh, Fox News' Sean Hannity, Lee Greenwood, Kellyanne Conway, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Gov. Mike Parson, Missouri AG Josh Hawley and even the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump Kushner.
Around 4 a.m. nearly 100 people were already waiting in the Show Me Center parking lot for the rally later tonight.
The president also had rallies scheduled in Cleveland, Ohio, Fort Wayne, Indiana and Cape Girardeau on Monday.
Doors closed once capacity is reached. All seating was general admission and on a first come-first serve basis; saving seats was prohibited.
There was no dress code and ID was not required for entry to the building.
Here are the parking details according to Southeast Missouri State University:
- A limited number of spaces will be available for event parking in the lots adjacent to the Show Me Center. Other University parking lots will remain open for event use.
- Overnight parking for events and camping is prohibited.
- Alternate parking and shuttle service will be available. Updated information will be provided at a later date.
Some concessions were available for sale to all guests upon entering the Show Me Center.
The Student Recreation Center’s hours on Monday, Nov. 5, will be 5:30 a.m.-12 p.m. The Student Recreation Center will resume its normal hours on Tuesday, Nov. 6, opening at 5:30 a.m.
University shuttles ran till 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. Service then were suspended until 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, and regular shuttle service resumed.
Cape Girardeau Police say the school buses used for shuttles will not be handicapped accessible. If your wheelchair or walker folds, then you will be accommodated.
If you plan on attending the rally, Cape Girardeau Police want you to be aware that the following items are prohibited:
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Animals (other than service/guide animals)
- Artificial Noise Makers
- Backpacks and bags exceeding size restrictions
- Crock Pots
- Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
- Glass, thermal, or metal containers
- Hover boards
- Illegal Substances
- Items determined to be potential safety hazards
- Laser pointers
- Mace/pepper spray
- No tripods, monopods, selfie sticks or GoPros are permitted.
- Outside food and beverages
- Selfie sticks
- Supports for signs and placards
- Toy guns
- Weapons of any kind
Tobacco use was prohibited, the campus is a smoke free-tobacco free campus.
Law enforcement are preparing for President Trump’s rally.
Not everyone waiting for the rally shares the same views of the president. Several people on campus groups are planning to join the protest and they’re hoping to get more than 100 people. They will start gathering in front on Kent Library here and then March down Sprigg Street to the Show Me Center at 6 p.m.
Earlier they were right by the gates leading into the Show Me Center, but after the doors closed secret service moved them down to an area on New Madrid Street.
Lindie Perry was encouraging more people to come out and peacefully protest.
“This presidential administration is very well known for hate speech and speech invite inciting violence,” Perry said. "We want to be there to show other people that we are willing to stick our necks out for them and that they are valuable to us. That they are just as part of the community than anybody else is.”
The protesters held signs across Sprigg Street from the Show me Center from 6-10 p.m.
Last month a rally at the Show Me Center had to be canceled as President Trump dealt with Hurricane Florence.
The City Council in Cape Girardeau, Missouri announced the next meeting scheduled for Monday, Nov. 5 has been moved to Wednesday, Nov. 7 due to the President’s visit.
During the Cape Girardeau visit, he’s expected to campaign for Missouri State Attorney General Josh Hawley, who is trying to unseat incumbent Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.
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