The mayor of Phoenix, Greg Stanton, has a pretty clear message for President Trump: “Don’t come here.” The president is scheduled to appear in Phoenix on Tuesday for a campaign style rally at the Phoenix Convention Center. But the mayor isn’t feeling it.
“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,” Stanton said in a statement 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 inflame tensions and further divide our nation.”
Stanton got as clear as a bell by bluntly saying, “It is my hope that more sound judgment prevails and that he delays his visit.”
A senior aide for President Trump told ABC News on Wednesday night, “Barring any unforseen events between now and then, there is no chance we will delay the rally.”
The mayor is not ready to take on free speech in this country, so the president is free to make his own decision.
“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,” he 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.”
Although Trump did not address the Phoenix mayor, exactly forty-two minutes after Stanton tweeted the statement above, Trump tweeted a link to reserve tickets to the rally and wrote: “Join me at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, August 22nd in Phoenix, Arizona at the Phoenix Convention Center!”
Do you think that President Trump should delay his visit to Phoenix, or is the mayor just being critical?
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