Published: Tue, August 22, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Phoenix, law enforcement prepare for President's rally in Downtown Phoenix

Phoenix, law enforcement prepare for President's rally in Downtown Phoenix

In it Trump made clear that, despite erroneous reporting about a supposed shift in approach, there would be no "pivot" from his radical anti-immigrant policy stances as he entered the home stretch of the general election. It will also be the president's first time in front of a crowd since deadly violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, this month at a white supremacist rally.

Protests, marches and a vigil are planned to take place during Trump's Tuesday visit.

Using screen printers, one group of volunteers pumped out hundreds of signs to be used in their demonstration tomorrow. Maria Castro is one of the group's organizers.

"If he does that, he may please three or four white nationalists, but he will further enrage every judge from ME to Southern California", Scarborough said.

That message would be consistent with the "dog whistles" Trump has issued about immigrants and Latinos since the beginning of his campaign, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said on the same call with reporters.

There was speculation that Trump might announce a presidential pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of criminal contempt last month.

But Trump has already confirmed that he's "seriously considering" pardoning Arpaio, saying last week that Arpaio is "a great American patriot" who "has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration" and that he hated to see what had happened to the former sheriff.

Trump now returns to Arizona to show who he is without Bannon behind the curtain.

"We want this event to be peaceful", Police Chief Jeri Williams said at a news conference Monday.

Williams worries that anti-Trump protesters might harass or even block rally goers.

"Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, the nation is clearly in a state of crisis right now", Maguire says.

Public officials and law enforcement officials remain tight-lipped on their safety and security preparations for the rally. He explains the goal is to generally act as a buffer for pro Trump attendees.

"I thought that any action like that would inflame passions and potentially make the situation more risky, " the mayor said. So, it's worth asking: How did we get here with Joe Arpaio? But the administration is moving forward with the event and planning trips elsewhere including Yuma, Arizona and later, Reno, Nevada.

President Trump is holding his rally today in downtown Phoenix today and that means drivers can expect some road closures.

Stanton, a Democrat, has publicly sparred with Trump over his plans for the rally since Friday, following a tense week of protests over the president's blaming of "both sides" for the violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., on August 12.

But Stanton adds he's confident in his city's ability to keep everyone safe.

Mayor Greg Stanton said he is convinced there are sufficient resources, including staff, to deal with having tens of thousands of people downtown.

Rob McDade is a spokesman with the Phoenix Fire Department. "That's what I'm doing and that's what I've done whether we've had a Republican president or a Democratic president". "But the rule of law is obviously a sham if you're going to give amnesty to someone like him".

The Arizona Republic reports that many other downtown businesses plan to close early or allow their employees to telecommute.

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