Gingrich Hopes Trump Doesn't 'Pick a Fight' With Arizona Senators

Marsha Scott
August 23, 2017

He expressed his concerns about the timing and location of Trump's rally in a column for the Washington Post, and told a meeting of ASU Young Democrats that "now ain't the right time" for the rally. An immigration hardliner, he has prompted plans for at least two downtown marches by indigenous rights groups to coincide with the rally.

He also said he didn't want to cause a "commotion" by attending, and that he still supports the president.

Is it appropriate for President Donald Trump to hold a campaign-style rally this evening in Phoenix, Arizona, in light of his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12?

Tens of thousands of people are expected to be in downtown Phoenix for President Trump's Tuesday rally. Arpaio remains a hero to the anti-immigrant voters who formed Trump's political base, and some Arizonans fear Trump will use the visit to announce a pardon. Both sides blamed each other for the violence in Charlottesville.

Trump has also revived the immigration debate and infuriated Latinos here with his talk of pardoning former Sheriff Joe Arpaio over his recent conviction for breaking the law with his signature immigration patrols.

Joe Arpaio, the controversial former sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona, has been invited as a special guest to a Fresno County Republican Party event next month in Fresno.

Trump has said he's considering the pardon, and Arpaio has said he would accept a pardon but would not ask for one.

The 85-year-old could face up to six months in jail when he is sentenced October 5.

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"I think our president needs to take stock of the role he plays in our nation and move beyond himself", said Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee.

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams has said there will be "maximum staffing" by the Police Department during Trump's visit, which is for an evening rally at the Phoenix Convention Center. Instead, he said he would be focused on ensuring the safety of the event.

Executives for Arizona Public Service urged employees at its downtown Phoenix headquarters to leave work hours before the rally to avoid traffic congestion and because of uncertainty over whether the rally will be peaceful.

The county's downtown Phoenix Superior Courts plan to close at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

It will be Trump's first trip as president to Arizona, which he won in the 2016 election.

The Phoenix New Times reported that one group associated with the anti-fascist, or antifa, movement had called for "an anti-fascist & anti-colonial contingent against Trump's rally" on Tuesday.

"He's also going to call on the Congress to get ready to come back when they arrive on September 5th and go straight to work to make America safe again, make America prosperous again, and in his words, to make America great again", said Pence.

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