March 22 2018

Nation's political split on display at Trump Phoenix visit

March 22 2018, 03:51 | Van Peters

Nation's political split on display at Trump Phoenix visit

Nation's political split on display at Trump Phoenix visit

President Trump has reportedly considered pardoning former Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona, who was convicted of criminal contempt of court past year.

Sen. John McCain, who has been openly critical of Trump's response to the violent street fights in Charlottesville will not be attending. The former sheriff became a national figure for his hardline approach to combatting undocumented persons living and moving within his jurisdiction.

Arpaio told NBC News "I don't know" if Trump will pardon him. Trump is expected to push his border wall, but not pardon ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

"I think if the president wants to come to your city, you should welcome him with open arms", said Waxelbaum, who plans on attending the rally with family. In the underlying case, the 85-year-old Arpaio had been banned from racially profiling Latinos, but the sheriff's office continued to detain people exclusively on the basis of their appearance and without reasonable suspicion of a crime.

"For the most part, honestly, these are really, really dishonest people", Trump told a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Let's be clear: A pardon of Arpaio can be viewed only as a presidential endorsement of the lawlessness and discrimination that terrorized Phoenix's Latino community. Nor has Arpaio shown any remorse, which is often a consideration in granting pardons.

Might Trump lead chants of "build the wall", returning to the animating promise of his 2016 campaign at a time members of Congress are facing an end-of-September deadline to fund the government while knowing that including any money for a border wall could cost them votes?

"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 in a statement on Wednesday.

Many groups have announced their intention to protest Trump's rally. Reporter: Just moments ago, the president touching down in Arizona visiting a border patrol station, meeting with Marines.

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.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to be in downtown Phoenix for President Trump's Tuesday rally.

Vice President Mike Pence introduced Trump at the rally.

He also bashed "the obstructionist Democrats" and vowed if "we have to close down our government, we are building that wall" on the southern USA border with Mexico.

The groups oppose Trump's possible pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of misdemeanor contempt of court this year.

Mr Ducey has in the past been a huge supporter of the President in the staunchly Republican southwerstern state. But it would be surprising if he didn't go after Jeff Flake with a vengeance, since Trump has already called him "toxic" and all but endorsed a 2018 primary challenger. Flake has been a frequent target of Trump's wrath.

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