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Phoenix Mayor Is Not Happy About Trump Rally In Arizona, Massive Protest Planned For Tuesday

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said he is “disappointed” that President Donald Trump plans to hold a campaign-style rally in Arizona, one week after he reiterated his claim that anti-racist protesters were as violent as Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi protesters in Charlottesville and that the “alt-right” groups included some “very fine” people.

In a statement Wednesday night, Stanton said he hopes Trump’s “more sound judgment prevails” and that he will cancel his visit.

“I am disappointed that President Trump has chosen to hold a campaign rally as our nation is still healing from the tragic events in Charlottesville,” he said.

And when you consider that Trump may use the event to announce his pardoning of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio for criminal-contempt, you get the recipe for mass protests. And that’s exactly what’s being planned.

The protest, which will gather at the north side of Monroe street across from the Phoenix Convention Center at the Herberger Theater, starting at 6 PM local time on Tuesday, August 22, is expected to bring in large crowds. Protest organizers are also suggesting that those looking to participate reserve seats at the actual rally by going here.

Reserving seats could accomplish two different goals. First it will enable protesters inside the rally, and second, it will cause a lot of seats to remain empty if these individuals requesting tickets don’t show up. The official protest website reads as follows:

“White supremacist leader Donald Trump is coming back to Phoenix next Tuesday. It will be his first public rally since his hate-filled rants yesterday aligning himself with the Neo-nazis of Charlottesville.

There’s a good chance that Trump is here to pardon Joe Arpaio.

Come stand up for decency, equality, and good. Stand up for your children and the goodness in their hearts. Stand in solidarity with the brave people in Charlottesville. Stand up against bigotry, hate, white supremacy, Nazis, Islamophobia, transphobia, xenophobia.

Protests will be on the north side of Monroe street across from the Phoenix Convention Center at the Herberger Theater Center, and will start at 6PM. More details to come.

You can get tickets to the actual rally here, if you want to make sure there are a lot of empty seats — or if you want to protest inside:”

If you are attending, please do so in a peaceful manner. Do not resort to violence of any kind and always obey the officers on hand. Stay safe.

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