THOUSANDS LINE UP IN COLD for President Trump Rally in Missoula, Montana

A veteran reporter who has covered many Trump rallies said of the scene, “My jaw dropped at the long, long lines of people and cars.” (Update at end from another reporter on scene: Cars abandoned on side of the road four deep, people walking miles to get to rally.)

Thousands of supporters lined up in the cold in Missoula, Montana, before dawn Thursday morning for a campaign rally by President Donald Trump set to start at 6:30 p.m. MDT. Photos and video taken throughout the day show long lines of bundled up supporters. In the afternoon long lines of cars could be seen backed up trying to get to the off-site parking lots for the rally being held at the Minuteman Aviation hangar at Missoula International Airport. Rally attendees are being bused from the parking lots to the hangar.

Trump is expected to speak with the mountains and Air Force One lending a cinematic backdrop for the rally in support of Republican candidate Matt Rosendale, who is running against incumbent Democrat Senator Jon Tester. Rosendale was elected the state Auditor in 2016 after previous elections to the state House and Senate.

An estimated 6,000 to 8,000 were expected at the rally, but that appears to be a huge underestimate. One relatively late arrival filmed the line of people and cars Thursday afternoon.

Phil Drake, Helena bureau reporter for Great Falls Tribune, wrote of his awe at the size of the turnout for Trump, “I am being bused to the rally site. My jaw dropped at the long, long lines of people and cars.”

School buses being used to shuttle attendees to the rally hangar.

UPDATE: Video from press riser taken two-and-half hours before the scheduled 6:30 p.m. MDT start shows the bleachers and front of the hangar already filling in.

Second update: Troy Shockley, News Director at KCAP, reported cars were abandoned on the side of the road four deep with attendees walking miles to get to the rally.

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