Trump Heading To Phoenix In Politically Tense Visit
- Author: Jon Douglas Aug 23, 2017,
Aug 23, 2017, 0:30
"A pardon of Sheriff Arpaio by President Trump is an official endorsement of racism and white supremacy", said Carlos Garcia, of the Phoenix-based immigrant-rights group, Puente.
Trump will meet with border control agents before the rally as he seeks to recover from plummeting opinion poll figures. That process, as HuffPost previously reported, was established largely to de-politicize the issuing of pardons and, in some cases, to provide legal support for the president's pardoning decisions.
Meanwhile, a couple hundred Trump supporters were lined up at the Convention Center, with some arriving before dawn for the 7 p.m. rally.
U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego said he's fearful that neo-Nazis and others will stir trouble, although he said he trusts the Phoenix police will do their best. Outside the Convention Center, opponents and Democratic leaders plan protests and marches created to highlight opposition to Trump's immigration policies, he remarks last week about an August 12 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and his possible plans to pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Arpaio's relationship with Trump began earlier this decade when, according to Arpaio, Trump sent him notes praising his questioning of Barack Obama's citizenship.
Rumors rumbling that Trump will consider pardoning former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio have fed fears the rally could erupt into violence.
A 32-year-old woman was killed and 19 people were injured, five critically, when a man plowed a vehicle into a crowd of people protesting the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.
Trump has been criticized for his response to the Charlottesville protests that turned deadly after white nationalists who were protesting the planned removal of a Confederate statute clashed with counter-protesters.
A pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio may be announced during the rally, as Trump is 'seriously considering' it. The city of Phoenix is preparing for what will be a politically and emotionally tense visit.
Doug Ducey (R) on Monday announced that he will skip President Donald Trump's scheduled campaign-style rally Tuesday in Trump's first visit to the state since he won the presidency. Before his arrival here, the president will make a stop in Yuma for a tour of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Trump has since said he will find a way for Mexico to repay the United States for construction of the wall but that Congress would need to fund it first.
"He's not in a position where he can have another big failure publicly, and that's the big risk", he said.
It was Arizona's Republican Senator John McCain who provided the crucial "no" vote that doomed the Trump administration's effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Kelli Ward in her primary challenge to Flake.