March 21 2018

Grijalva says Arpaio pardon would be hurtful

March 21 2018, 10:12 | Van Peters

Grijalva says Arpaio pardon would be hurtful

Grijalva says Arpaio pardon would be hurtful

Donald Trump supporters have been sharing fake photos of huge crowds at the US President's Phoenix rally on social media, following claims the event failed to draw big numbers.

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.

After pledging to the audience inside the Phoenix Convention Center that he was "fully committed to fighting for our agenda" and would "not stop until the job is done", the president utilized much of his time recounting his actions in the wake of the white nationalist rally that left one woman dead in central Virginia.

Before Mr Trump's appearance, various groups had used Facebook to gather the support of thousands of people wiling to protest in the Arizona city.

Williams said there are no plans for restrictions of those in the streets, though she said the convention center itself has rules prohibiting firearms.

Three people were arrested over the protests, police said. When protesters interrupted the president's speech, he wondered why they didn't stay outside with the "few people".

Protesters march past Phoenix police officers outside the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. Protests were held against President Trump as he hosted a rally inside the convention center.

Ward planned to attend Trump's rally, sparking talk that the president could take the politically extraordinary step of endorsing her from the stage over an incumbent Republican senator. "I'm just going to speak from the heart here", Lemon declared right at the end of Trump's speech.

Trump also suggested he might pardon Joe Arpaio, a former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, who was found guilty last month of criminal contempt for violating the terms of a 2011 court order in a racial profiling case. "But, I won't do it tonight because I don't want to cause any controversy".

"Build that wall. Now the obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it, but believe me we have to close down our government, we're building that wall", Trump said on Tuesday, during a rally in Phoenix.

His initial blaming of the violent rally - in which a man is accused of killing a counterprotester - on "many sides."

"These are really, really dishonest people and they're bad people and I really think they don't like our country", Trump said of the press. Trump's initial reluctance to condemn neo-Nazis, white supremacists and the KKK, as well as his "both sides" comment that many saw as drawing a moral equivalence between those groups and protestors, was met with universal opprobrium.

Back in his natural element, revving up a stadium of supporters, Trump dispensed with any veneer of contrition and vigorously defended his response to Charlottesville just one day after a scripted, sober address about an increased American military presence in Afghanistan. State Democratic Party Chair Alexis Tameron joined other party leaders in urging peaceful protests.

Judy and several others shouted at those heading into the venue hours before the rally was set to begin, calling them racist and xenophobic.

He's unhinged, it's embarrassing and I don't mean for us, the media because he went after us, but for the country.

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