Political leaders and law enforcement officials are taking extreme precautions before tonight’s Trump rally in Phoenix, Arizona.
The rally will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center, which seats 29,000, but many are wondering whether there will there be more supporters inside or protestors outside.
As a result of Trump’s response to the violence at the “United The Right” rally in Charlottesville, the Phoenix rally is an opportunity for Trump Protestors to show their force.
The mayor of Phoenix, Greg Stanton, suggested that Trump stay away.
Stanton said in a statement, “I am disappointed that Trump would hold a campaign rally while the nation is still healing from the tragic events in Charlottesville.”
Phoenix Police Chief, Jeri Williams, said that her force would have “maximum staffing during the visit.”
Williams continued, “the department is working 24/7 with our partners to ensure all of our resources are in place.”
Former Arizona GOP Chairman, Robert Graham said,”The Phoenix police is always professional, and the FBI and Department of Homeland Security have been great about coordinating with local law enforcement.”
The Charlottesville tragedy is not the only reason that Phoenix could be combustible…
The President has also talked about publicly pardoning Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, who was found guilty in a Justice Department Investigation of racially profiling latinos.
A public pardon would certainly stoke some racial tension this evening…
Stanton said a pardon would “enflame emotions and further divide our nation.”
Ruben Gallego (Democrat-Arizona) said, “Arpaio shouldn’t be let off the hook for his crimes just so Trump can win “some bonus points with his most racist supporters.”
There is also some speculation that President Trump is using tonight’s rally to lash out at Arizona’s home senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake. These two are some of Trump’s biggest Republican critics.
McCain recently cast the deciding vote to end the repeal bill on ObamaCare.
Also, Jeff Flake recently published his book “Conscience of a Conservative,” which urges Republicans to reclaim their party from Trump.
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Credit: The Hill