Nation's political split on display at Trump Phoenix visit


Mr Trump won the state in the 2016 election by a smaller margin than previous Republican presidential candidates.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey will not show in U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign-style rally scheduled to be held Tuesday in Phoenix, capital of the Grand Canyon state, local media reported Monday.

The President is set to make a major announcement during event at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Rumors have been swirling ahead of Trump's visit that he may pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of criminal contempt of court in July. Jeff Flake, who recently wrote a book decrying Trump's corrupting influence on the party?

Trump told Fox News earlier this month that he was "seriously considering" a pardon for Arpaio. However, last week, Trump appeared to hint that he may pardon Arpaio - an early Trump supporter and a lightning rod for more than a decade in the immigration battle.

Pardoning the self-titled "America's toughest sheriff" would bolster widespread concern that Trump is more interested in protecting his allies than the people of color they harm, critics say.

Mayor Greg Stanton repeated his belief that Trump should postpone the rally to allow time for the country to heal and move beyond Charlottesville but was "under no illusion that the president will take my advice".

"We need to raise our voices against Trump's racism, assaults on civil rights, horrific border wall and attacks on public lands, our environment and working families", Romero said.

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Tuesday's border facility tour in Yuma and campaign rally in Phoenix - announced in the wake of his angry and defensive response to the white supremacist-fueled violence in Charlottesville - brings the president back to the city he twice used to stabilize and grow his support during the tumultuous presidential campaign, and where he unveiled his campaign's most articulated immigration policy rollout. He faces up to six months in prison.

"There's a potential for going after Flake", Mackowiak said.

It was Arizona senator John McCain who cast the vote that derailed Trump's effort to repeal the health care law.

Other protests are expected with the prospect of a pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

"I think what Arizona expects of a senator is someone who will work with a president when he's right and oppose him when they think he's wrong", Flake told The Associated Press in an August 10 interview.

While Trump allies are likely to be on hand at the Phoenix rally, some of Arizona's top Republicans - including Flake and Sen.

Trump was to address a rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night.

Flake said at the time he was "dumbstruck" by her comments. Trump, who has long criticized Flake and mused a year ago about spending $10 million of his own money to unseat him, praised Ward, a conservative former state senator who is already running against Flake, in a tweet last week. "I think the city has promoted calm throughout this and I couldn't be prouder of the city". "Don't get me wrong, white people have been doing very well for themselves for the past few hundred years", Noah said, citing the light bulb, air travel, and Macklemore wining the best rap Grammy.