Trump's campaign rally in Arizona survives Charlottesville fallout

Trump 'seriously considering' a pardon for Sheriff Joe Arpaio
“America's toughest sheriff” is coming to Fresno

23 August, 2017

The rally is Trump's first trip to Arizona after winning the White House and the first trip to the West under mounting criticism for his ambiguous attitude to the white supremacy violence which resulted in the death of one women in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12.

WASHINGTON ― After a week of controversy over his hesitation to fully condemn racist groups, President Donald Trump is considering a pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a man who gained national prominence by bragging about humiliating inmates in his jail, promoting the "birther" conspiracy theory about then-President Barack Obama and systematically discriminating against Latinos.

More than 3,000 people have RSVP-ed to a Facebook event for a protest that is planned at the Herberger Theater at 6 p.m.

Some politicians, including Jonathan Lines, chair of the Arizona Republican Party, are very excited to welcome Trump to Arizona, his first visit to the state as president.

Other protests are expected with the prospect of a pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. "I think the police will keep it under control", Bynum said, saying he's not taking sides.

Trump has railed against the media coverage of his remarks, saying on Twitter that news outlets "totally misrepresent what I say about hate, bigotry".

Mr Ducey's spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said in a statement that the governor's "focus has been working with law enforcement toward a safe event in downtown Phoenix.That will continue to be his priority during the event and afterwards".

If you're planning to fly a drone to capture footage of the scene outside the convention center or the president's arrival, don't.

The violence triggered the biggest domestic crisis for Trump, who was widely criticized for not immediately condemning white nationalists and for blaming both white nationalists and counter-protesters for the violence.

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The rally, scheduled for 7 p.m. local time at the Phoenix Convention Center, is Trump's first visit to Arizona, which he won in the 2016 election.

Trump's visit comes at a sensitive time. People like me who are victims of him should be the ones pardoned.

More than just staking out immigration stances unpopular beyond Trump's base, Republicans are also concerned that the president will go after Arizona Sens.

But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters during Trump's flight that he would take no action Tuesday on Arpaio.

Fresh off a speech on Afghanistan that moved him in a different direction from many of his core voters, President Donald Trump is highlighting his pledge to combat illegal immigration by visiting a Marine Corps base along the U.S. -Mexico border Tuesday and inspecting a Predator drone used to patrol the region.

"President Trump does not know how to be a unifier - does not know how to ease the pain of this country like we saw George Bush do after 9/11", Gallego said Monday. The full lineup of speakers had not been announced as of Monday night, though a source did confirm Vice President Mike Pence would also be in attendance.

"There's a potential for going after Flake", Mackowiak said. But she did say police would "create a situation for people to express themselves".

Stanton has said the timing is inappropriate as the nation is still healing.

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