Mayor of Phoenix, Greg Stanton, does not want President Donald Trump to visit his city for a rally next week. In a statement Wednesday, he said, “Our nation is still healing from the tragic events in Charlottesville.”
He also warned that if the president decides to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio, he will intentionally “inflame emotions and further divide our nation.”
Arpaio, who served six terms as the elected sheriff of Maricopa county, was found guilty on July 31 of criminal contempt. He had been ordered in 2011 to stop patrols that targeted illegal aliens. Arpaio had told the court that his continuation was not intentional because his former legal council did not explain the order to him.
The sheriff was a vocal supporter of Trump during his presidential campaign, and the president did say he would consider pardoning him. Chris Salcedo, who is Latino, hoped he would. He said on today's "Chris Salcedo Show," "Joe Arpaio followed the law."
He believes that, in apprehending persons who come to the United States unlawfully, the sherriff was “wrongly targeted ... for doing the right thing.”
As of now, Trump has no plans to cancel his trip to Phoenix, according to a tweet Wednesday night.