Not only is now a awful moment to hold a campaign rally, but it would only deepen the racial divide in the United States since the president is reportedly going to use the event to announce his decision to pardon Sherrif Joe Arpaio.
President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona next Tuesday. It has been speculated that President Trump may issue a pardon to Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Trump told Fox News in an interview this week that he may pardon Joe Arpaio (ahr-PY'-oh), the former Phoenix-area sheriff who recently was convicted in federal court.
The president held a press conference on Tuesday, during which he said "both sides" were at fault for the clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters on Saturday that killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
He took to Twitter to promote the event less than an hour after Stanton condemned the plan. Trump tweeted about the event Wednesday night with a link for ticket availability.
"It is my hope that more sound judgement prevails and that he delays his visit".
Arpaio campaigned for Trump on several occasions during the presidential race, with immigration the dominant theme of his speeches as he shared the stage with Trump.
Arpaio is facing a potential six-month prison term; he's not scheduled to be sentenced until October 5. A federal judge ruled in 2013 that Arpaio's officers had racially profiled Latinos.
Hours after the Trump announcement, U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva said in a six-minute YouTube video that he will be leading a counterprotest outside the rally. Trump vowed at that time that no person living in the United States illegally would have a path to legal status without first leaving the country.