Phoenix mayor slams Trump for planning rally

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On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted an announcement that he would be holding a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, next week, on Tuesday, Aug. 22.

The mayor of Phoenix, Greg Stanton, has already responded with his own statement, saying he is “disappointed” that President Trump is coming to Phoenix, and has asked him to delay his visit due to the fact that “our nation is still healing” from the events in Charlottesville.

In a grand slam against the president, Stanton published his statement on Twitter, claiming that if Trump is just coming to Phoenix to announce a pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, it will prove he intends to “inflame emotions and further divide” the nation.

Stanton claimed Trump doesn’t represent the values of the Phoenix community and made an indirect invitation for people who oppose Trump to “express their First Amendment rights” outside the rally.

“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. If President Trump is coming to Phoenix to announce a pardon for Sheriff Joe Arpaio, then it will be clear that his true intent is to enflame [sic] emotions and further divide our nation.

It is my hope that more sound judgement [sic] prevails and that he delays his visit.

With regard to use of the Phoenix Convention Center for the rally: This is a public facility and open to anyone to rent – and that includes the Trump campaign. Our Constitution protects the right to free speech, even for those we disagree with or those who don’t represent the values we hold dear as a community. 

In preparation for this event, my focus and that of the Phoenix Police Department is on keeping everyone – those attending the rally, those expressing their First Amendment rights outside and the general public – safe.”

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