Trump And Arpaio: Will POTUS Preach Hate in Phoenix Speech?

More than just staking out immigration stances unpopular beyond Trump's base, Republicans are also concerned that the president will go after Arizona Sens.

"I want everyone to know that the city of Phoenix is taking all precautions to keep everyone - from people attending President Trump's campaign rally to those expressing their First Amendment rights outside the convention center and those conducting their normal business downtown - as safe as possible before, during and after the event tomorrow night".

JUNG: Castro is talking about Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County sheriff who was recently convicted of criminal contempt of court for ignoring a federal judge's order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.

Other top Republicans who either will not attend or are not expected to show up are the state's two senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake.

It will also be Trump's first rally without the guidance of his long-time chief political strategist, Steve Bannon, who was sacked last week after repeated clashes with various White House advisers over the president's first seven months in office.

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There is speculation that Trump could announce a pardon of Arpaio during a rally in Phoenix on Tuesday evening.

Mario H. Lopez, a former George W. Bush official and president of the conservative Hispanic Leadership Fund, said he has personally spoken to Latinos who were wrongly rounded up by Arpaio, and said Republican language on the "rule of law" doesn't work if Trump undermines it with regards to Arpaio. Nor has Arpaio shown any remorse, which is often a consideration in granting pardons. Ducey supported candidate Trump at a downtown rally during the campaign.

Trump savaged his critics and the media, vowed to fine Mexico $100,000 for each immigrant entering the country illegally, talked tough on trade, promised to return America to its winning ways and borrowed a line from Richard Nixon in declaring, "The silent majority is back". Carlos Garcia, executive director of Puente Arizona, said that Trump's praise for Arpaio amounts to applause for racial profiling and abuse of power, all the more disturbing after the president's response to the Charlottesville violence. He could face six months in prison at sentencing in October. "Watching what happened in Charlottesville, it only made me wonder: How are you the master race, but you're so dumb?" he asked.

Williams said police presence will be at a "maximum", reading from a statement she released last week.

Not only is the Secret Service required to protect Trump, they must also protect his family, including his adult children who often travel for their own business and on behalf of the president on government business.

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Ward, a physician who drew only 39 percent of the vote in a primary fight against McCain previous year, is seen as a longshot by top Arizona Republicans. Trump, who has long criticized Flake and mused past year 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. "However, as mayor of the city of Phoenix, I am expecting you to be civil, respectful and peaceful".

The New York Times reported last weekend that officials in both "the White House and in Arizona are bracing for a furious reception" at the rally "amid the fallout from his comments faulting "both sides" for racially charged violence in Charlottesville".

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

Immigrant rights activists have protested Trump's several Arizona visits, at one point blocking a major road that led to a rally he held in Fountain Hills, a Phoenix suburb.

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