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America's fifth largest city is going to be overworked this evening. Donald J. Trump will appear at a campaign rally in Phoenix.
It's expected that he will pardon former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio, a controversial Republican lawman who broke the law in apprehending immigrants. He also profiled Hispanic and Black residents in the county.
Arpaio who is a federal convict was found guilty of racially profiling Latinos. He was a well-known public figure who often clashed with Barack Obama, former Attorney General Eric Holder and predecessor Loretta Lynch. He often called "America's Toughest Sheriff" by the conservatives.
This pardon could stroke racial tensions.
Even controversial Republican former Pinal County sheriff Paul Babeu denounced him.
The city of Phoenix is preparing for riots. The inept leader's arrival is already expected to cause controversy. With the tepid response to that terrorist attack inspired extremists from walks to show up. The presence of White extremists will dominate the headlines. The Antifa crowd will also be there to disrupt the people attending. The mayor of Phoenix urged Trump to not come to the city.
He will be heading to the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown. The city is on high alert.
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"America is hurting. And it is hurting largely because Trump doused racial tensions with gasoline," said Stanton. "With his planned visit to Phoenix on Tuesday, I fear the president may be looking to light a match."
Police chief Jeri Williams said that "maximum staffing will be used."
Republican governor Doug Ducey will not attend the event but he will be at the airport to shake Trump and Mike Pence's hand.
The county has 4 million residents with six of the 50 largest cities in it. Phoenix is where Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake, both Republicans live. The state has voted for Republicans since 1948 and hasn't looked back. This should be friendly crowds for Trump.
Trump voiced frustration with McCain for his opposition to the Better Care Resolution Act. McCain joined two Republicans and the 48 Democrats to oppose the bill's passage. That sunk the Republican repeal and replace of Obamacare.
Flake wrote a book critical of Trump's leadership and called him out for his failure to address Charlottesville in a timely matter.
Trump has come out swinging.
Trump has already came out in support of Kelli Ward, a former state lawmaker who is a nemesis to both McCain and Flake.
Flake is facing a tougher primary challenger in Ward.
Trump knows he's deeply unpopular. But his core supporters will not abandon him. After all, the base will support him regardless of what he does.