Phoenix mayor speaks out against Trump rally in Arizona next week


The mayor of Phoenix said he was “disappointed” President Trump scheduled a rally in his city while the country is still healing from the violence that broke out in Charlottesville, V.A.

Greg Stanton, the city’s Democratic mayor since 2012, issued a statement asking Trump to hold off on a campaign-style rally scheduled in Arizona on Tuesday.

In a statement he published on Twitter, Stanton wrote, “If President Trump is coming to Arizona to announce a pardon for former Sheriff Jeff Arpaio, then it will be clear that his true intent is to inflame emotions and further divide our nation.”

He added, “It is my hope that more sound judgment prevails and that he delays his visit.”

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https://twitter.com/MayorStanton/status/897963549514911744

Stanton published a statement on Twitter saying, “If President Trump is coming to Arizona to announce a pardon for former Sheriff Jeff Arpaio, then it will be clear that his true intent is to inflame emotions and further divide our nation.”

(Greg Stanton via Twitter)

Trump said he was considering a pardon for the controversial sheriff who was convicted of contempt of court in July for refusing to stop traffic patrols that racially profiled Latinos in Arizona.

Arpaio, an 85-year-old who dubbed himself “America’s toughest sheriff”, stumped for Trump during the presidential campaign.

Stanton also preempted critics and acknowledged the constitutional right to free speech while pointing out that the Phoenix Convention Center, where Trump’s rally is scheduled, is a public facility available to rent to anyone.

A JAN. 26, 2016, PHOTO

Trump said he was considering a pardon for Arpaio who was convicted of contempt of court in July

(Mary Altaffer/AP)

Stanton’s comments come a day after House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, along with former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush all spoke out against Trump for his comments on Charlottesville.

The president held a press conference on Tuesday, during which he said “both sides” were at fault for the clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters on Saturday that killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

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