Trump Looks for Reset with Arizona Rally Tuesday

President Donald Trump speaks at Fort Myer in Arlington Va. Monday Aug. 21 2017 during a Presidential Address to the Nation about a strategy he believes will best position the U.S. to eventually declare victory in Afghanistan
Trump Looks for Reset with Arizona Rally Tuesday
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23 August, 2017

Trump is traveling to Arizona on Tuesday for an evening pep rally at the downtown Phoenix Convention Center, and speculation is rife that he might use the occasion to pardon his old friend Arpaio - one of the earliest and most ardent backers of what seemed at the time to be a longshot presidential bid by the billionaire businessman.

And that, said Scarpinato, means the governor being somewhere other than the Phoenix Convention Center.

Rumors have been swirling ahead of Trump's visit that he may pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of criminal contempt of court in July.

Arizona's other Republican Senator Jeff Flake has been increasingly vocal in his criticism of President Trump and his policies.

State agency directors are being given the option of allowing employees who work near downtown Phoenix to leave work early or telecommute to avoid traffic and security snarls in advance of a rally put on by President Donald Trump. Trump told Fox News he was seriously considering a pardon.

"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.

Mr. Arpaio said on Monday night that he would not attend the rally. An immigration hardliner, he has prompted plans for at least two downtown marches by indigenous rights groups to coincide with the rally.

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Additionally, another group is planning a "Stand for Patriotism" rally to counter what organizers are calling "anti-American and hate groups". It comes exactly a week after Trump backpedaled from declaring racism "evil" and the KKK and Nazis "repugnant" to insist that guilt lay with all groups in Charlottesville.

Mr. Arpaio, who was ousted by voters in November, frequently employed anti-immigrant rhetoric and was one of Mr. Trump's most loyal supporters on the campaign trail. 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. "Under Arpaio, people were afraid to go outside, places were raided, we watched people's faces pressed against bus windows on their way to detention".

"Tuesday will be a hard and trying day for our city and for our law enforcement professionals whose job it is to keep everyone safe", Stanton, who has been unequivocal in his condemnation of the rally, said. "Do you think he'll do it tomorrow?"

Immigrant rights activists have protested Trump's several Arizona visits, at one point blocking a major road that led to a rally he held in Fountain Hills, a Phoenix suburb. Flake said on "CBS This Morning" last month.

Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate.

"He's not in a position where he can have another big failure publicly, and that's the big risk", he said.

It's unclear what Trump will do in the Arpaio case - but he's already revived what had been a declining 287 (g) program - though all current such partnerships are limited to jail-based reviews of ICE databases and do not involve patrol officers.


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