The Phoenix Convention Center will be the location of President Trump’s next campaign rally, which is scheduled to take place Tuesday in Arizona.
The President has held several campaign rallies lately. The latest was held in West Virginia on Aug. 3, and the turnout was impressive proof that Trump still has the support of his base.
“I think this appearance that he did in West Virginia tonight is a way of saying, ‘My numbers may be down, but I command a formidable army,’” Charles Krauthammer said right after the rally, in which West Virginia Governor Jim Justice switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party to become the 34th Republican governor in the country.
The announcement of the Arizona rally, however, comes at a time when the president is facing controversy over his response to the violent clashes this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. However, most of that consternation has been coming from left-leaning media outlets in their quest to label Trump a “white supremacist.”
On Tuesday, Trump held a press conference in which he said there is “blame on both sides” for the deadly violence that went on for hours in Virginia, leaving one 32-year old dead and dozens of others injured.
“What about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, … the alt-right?” Trump asked reporters as they tried to get him to say something that would prove he favors white supremacy. “Do they have any semblance of guilt? What about the fact they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do. As far as I am concerned, that was a horrible, horrible day.”
The president explained that the reason he didn’t call out David Duke on Saturday is that he had no idea that the former leader of the KKK was at the event. “I want the facts before I make a statement,” said Trump, who noted that even as he made previous comments about what transpired, he did not know all the facts.
“I think there’s blame on both sides,” he said, adding specifically that James Fields, the driver of the car that killed Heather Heyer at the protests, is a “murderer.”
Nonetheless, Trump has been facing criticism from both sides of the aisle.
Next week’s rally comes after Trump told Fox News earlier this month he is “seriously considering” a pardon for Joe Arpaio, the controversial former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.
Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt last month after he was ordered to stop racially profiling Latinos in his Maricopa County office.
“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” Trump told Fox News.
“He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He’s a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him.”
The rally will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Phoenix Convention Center, according to a news release. It will be the first time the president has visited the southwest since he took office.
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