- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

On the heels of raising the possibility of pardoning Sheriff Joe Arpaio, President Trump will travel to Arizona next Tuesday to hold a campaign-style rally in Phoenix.

The Trump campaign has scheduled a rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night in what will be the president’s first arena-sized public appearance since the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, over white nationalist ideology.

Last week, Mr. Trump said he would consider a pardon for Mr. Arpaio, the Maricopa County sheriff and political ally who was found guilty of criminal contempt for defying a judge’s order to stop targeting illegal immigrants during traffic stops.

It’s also the home state of Republican Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, both of whom have clashed with Mr. Trump in recent weeks. Mr. McCain, who is battling brain cancer, provided the key vote in defeating a White House-backed plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton called on Mr. Trump Wednesday night to postpone the event, saying it was too soon after a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia.

“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,” Mr. Stanton said in a statement on Twitter. “It is my hope that more sound judgment prevails and that he delays his visit.”

 

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