As President Trump travels to Arizona for his first rally since the Virginia uproar, the Phoenix Mayor, Democrat Greg Stanton, asked him to possibly postpone Tuesday’s event scheduled for 7pm MST.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The words and actions of our political leaders matter. My op-ed in the <a href="https://twitter.com/washingtonpost">@washingtonpost</a>. <a href="https://t.co/HfkYcQvRGp">https://t.co/HfkYcQvRGp</a></p>— Greg Stanton (@MayorStanton) <a href="https://twitter.com/MayorStanton/status/899719871352627201">August 21, 2017</a></blockquote>
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The mayor was quoted in the Washington Post today: "America is hurting. And it is hurting largely because Trump has doused racial tensions with gasoline. With his planned visit to Phoenix on Tuesday, I fear the president may be looking to light a match."
Large protests could greet the republican President this evening as he makes his first campaign rally since he caused an uproar with his remarks about a white nationalist demonstration in Virginia. According to social media postings by resident activists, several anti-Trump demonstrations are already planned.
Although the White House has not released an official statement, it was understood that some White House officials had privately expressed concerns that the President’s planned Phoenix rally might arouse tension again just at the moment that things seemed to be cooling down in the press.
Arizona politicians are not known as friends of Trump. Two resident Republican U.S. senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake are vocal critics of the President and have clashed with him on many issues.
And even Republican Governor Doug Ducey informed the Arizona Republic on Monday that though he would welcome Trump on the tarmac, he would not attend the campaign rally.