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Mayor Slams President Trump And His Upcoming Rally

Mayor Slams President Trump And His Upcoming Rally
Updated 9 months ago

The mayor of Phoenix isn't happy about an August 22 Trump rally planned in his city. The rally, announced on Wednesday – a day after Trump blamed "both sides" for the violence in Charlottesville last weekend – will take place at the Phoenix Convention Center. Mayor Greg Stanton doesn't like the decision, saying, "I am disappointed that President Trump has chosen to hold a campaign rally as our nation is still healing from the tragic events in Charlottesville." 

Stanton said, "It is my hope that more sound judgment prevails and that he delays his visit."

Besides riling up his base, there may also be another reason for Trump's visit to Phoenix. Earlier this week Trump told Fox News that he is considering pardoning 85-year-old former Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was recently convicted of disobeying a judge's order to stop targeting immigrants in traffic stops. 

Arpaio faces up to six months in prison.

Based on Arpaio's age, however, legal experts believe he wouldn't spend any time behind bars. Critics also note that a presidential pardon from Trump would be a tacit endorsement of discriminatory policing policies. Stanton echoed those sentiments, saying, "If President Trump is coming to Phoenix to announce a pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, then it will be clear that his true intent is to inflame emotions and further divide our nation." 

Stanton isn't the only Arizona political figure opposed to Trump's planned rally. U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, a Tucson Democrat, called Trump "unhinged" and vowed to lead a counter protest at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Grijalva expressed his outrage in a YouTube video:

Many people on Twitter were also wary of a Trump rally:

If Trump goes through with the rally, he'll most certainly be met with opposition:

Perhaps more mayors will follow Stanton's lead: