Arpaio says he wasn't invited to Trump rally in Phoenix

Arpaio says he wasn't invited to Trump rally in Phoenix

Arpaio says he wasn't invited to Trump rally in Phoenix

A phalanx of public officials, including Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and public safety leaders for Phoenix, Maricopa County and the state of Arizona, struck reassuring tones Monday about an event that is drawing worldwide attention. Ducey supported candidate Trump at a downtown rally during the campaign. But people have "to be civil, respectful and peaceful".

President Trump heads to Phoenix today for a campaign-style rally.

A day before Trump was set to take the stage for a rally in Phoenix, the former sheriff of Maricopa County told NBC News he was in the dark on the president's plans. For those anxious after last week's maligned Charlottesville response that the president is dwelling too much on his base to the exclusion of others, it is anxiety-inducing. Trump retweeted a story from Fox News last week that reported he was "seriously considering" pardoning the convicted former sheriff.

Such a move would draw the ire of immigration advocates and leading Democrats.

Arpaio said it was Trump's decision when asked if he had any comment on a possible presidential pardon.

During his rally in Phoenix, Trump is expected to make another pitch for his border wall with Mexico, even though congressional funding appears to be in doubt.

"He's not in a position where he can have another big failure publicly, and that's the big risk", he said.

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Rob McDade is a spokesman with the Phoenix Fire Department. Stanton has said the timing is inappropriate as the nation is still healing.

Doors will open at 4 p.m., three hours before the rally starts. The sheriff, who lost his own bid for re-election in November, campaigned with Trump a year ago as he took a hardline stance against undocumented immigrants.

The question of whether to pardon Arpaio, or to announce that it's his intention to do so, at this rally is not just one of public safety.

"I'm not scared or fearful".

"If you think I'm just going fishing, you're wrong". But he notes people are legally allowed to openly carry guns in Arizona. One operative, voicing a common sentiment, told me that it would be nice if the state could simply put Arpaio, and his legacy of terrible treatment toward undocumented immigrants, behind them. "I don't know", said Matt Mackowiak, a GOP strategist. The president tweeted last week: "Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate". "I will assure that we are well, well prepared".

An executive for Downtown Phoenix Inc. said the group feels reassured. More than 3,900 people had indicated on Facebook that they would attend one event, Protest Trump Downtown Phoenix. Scarpinato said in a statement that he's focused on working with law enforcement to ensure a safe event in downtown Phoenix for all involved.

Those who are interested in attending the rally can register for tickets here.

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