Donald Trump rescued from elevator before criticizing fire marshal at Colorado rally

Just before Donald Trump criticized the fire marshal at a Friday rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado, firefighters reportedly had rescued the GOP presidential nominee from a stalled elevator.

According to The Associated Press, Trump was one of about 10 people who were trapped in an elevator at The Mining Exchange resort about 1:30 p.m. Friday, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said in a statement Saturday. Firefighters "opened the top elevator hatch and lowered a ladder into the elevator" so the occupants could climb to safety, the AP reports.

Hotel co-owner Perry Sanders Jr., an attorney, told the AP that Trump's security crew was controlling the elevators at the time of the stall.

Soon afterward, Trump appeared at a rally at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he blasted the local fire marshal for not allowing more people into the venue.
"We have a fire marshal that said we can't allow more people. ... The reason they can't let them in is because they don't know what they're doing." Trump told the crowd. 

According to KKTV, Trump added, "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."

Fire Marshal Brett Lacey didn't seem too concerned about Trump's comments.

"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 we're required to enforce. But it doesn't bother me at all."

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