Trump has a big campaign rally scheduled for next week in Phoenix. But the city’s mayor is now asking him not to come.
Following Trump’s shocking reactions to the horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend, which resulted in the death of one woman and injuries of 19 others, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (D) is asking the president to postpone his campaign rally planned for August 22.
Wednesday night, Stanton issued a statement urging Trump to delay his visit while “our nation is still healing from the tragic events in Charlottesville.”
Stanton said that he was “disappointed” in Trump. Adding, “It is my hope that more sound judgement prevails and that he delays his visit.”
The Phoenix mayor also warned Trump against coming to his city to pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt in July for refusing to follow a judge’s orders to stop detaining people over suspicions that they might be undocumented. The Arizona sheriff is expected to serve six months in jail later this year.
This week Trump praised Arpaio and told Fox News that he was “seriously considering” pardoning the sheriff.
Mayor Stanton said on Wednesday,
“If President Trump is coming to Phoenix to announce a pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, then it will be clear that his true intent is to enflame emotions and further divide our nation.”
Stanton also said that, even though he disagrees with Trump’s visit, he would not try to prevent the Trump campaign from renting the Phoenix Convention Center.
“With regard to use of the Phoenix Convention Center for the rally: This is a public facility and open to anyone to rent, including the Trump campaign,” the mayor said.
“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.”
Here’s the full statement:
— Greg Stanton (@MayorStanton) August 16, 2017