Donald Trump was not happy with the local fire marshal at a Colorado Springs campaign rally, and the Republican nominee let it be known when he took to the stage.
“We have thousands of people in a room next door. We have plenty of space here,” Trump said Friday as he pointed around the facility. “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” and apologized before calling into question the reason behind the decision.
“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.
“Too bad. That’s why our country has — hey, maybe they’re a Hillary person. Could that be the answer? Probably.”
Trump went on to call the incident a “disgraceful situation,” adding “that’s why we’re going to hell.” He also took another shot at the fire marshal’s political affiliation at the end of his speech.
“Now because of your fire marshal, who I am not a fan of, he’s probably a Democrat, probably a guy than doesn’t get it, I’m going to go into the other room and say hello to people that didn’t get your location,” he said while concluding his remarks.
Colorado Springs Fire Marshal Brett Lacey later responded to the candidate’s remarks, saying it was a matter of safety and the criticism “doesn’t bother me at all.”
“There’s an old adage that when a fire marshal walks into a room, milk curdles,” Lacey told KKTV. “So because we’re always looking out for public safety and trying to make certain venues go off successfully and safely sometimes there are people that aren’t very happy with some of the rules and regulations were required to enforce.
“But it doesn’t bother me at all,” he said.
Trumps comments are at the beginning of the following video and again at the 50:58-minute mark:
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