Phoenix Police And FBI On "High Alert" Ahead Of Trump Rally Tonight

There is no shortage of controversies surrounding Trump's appearance tonight in Phoenix that could turn what is supposed to be a peaceful political rally into complete chaos.  With Trump's reaction to the Charlottesville tragedy still fresh in the minds of political activists on the left, there are expected to be as many protesters outside the Phoenix Convention Center as there are inside watching the President's speech. Sprinkle on top of that the fact that Trump could comment on a potential pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and/or blast Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake and you have all the ingredients of another national disaster in the making.

As The Hill points out, the Phoenix Police Department has planned for "maximum staffing" during Trump's visit and the FBI and DHS are also coordinating on the event.

Political leaders and law enforcement officials in Arizona are on high alert ahead of President Trump’s campaign rally Tuesday night in Phoenix.

 

The big question is whether there will be more supporters of Trump inside the Phoenix Convention Center, which holds 29,000, or protestors outside.

 

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said in a statement that her force will have “maximum staffing during the visit.”

 

The department is “working 24/7 with our partners to ensure all of our resources are in place,” Williams said.

 

Stanton said the city is committed to keeping everyone inside and outside the arena safe.

 

“The Phoenix police is always professional and the FBI and Department of Homeland Security have been great about coordinating with local law enforcement,” former Arizona GOP chairman Robert Graham told The Hill.

Meanwhile, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams offered the following warning to protesters:

"There is a distinct difference between voicing your first amendment rights and committing unlawful acts.  As always, free speech will be supported but criminal conduct will be immediately addressed."

 

Of course, racial tensions arising from Charlottesville are only part of what makes tonight's rally a recipe for disaster.  Some fear that Trump could use the occassion to announce that he'll pardon Maricopa County's controversial former Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of racially profiling hispanics and sentenced to jail time.

The president has mused publicly about pardoning controversial former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, an early Trump supporter who was found guilty of racially profiling Latinos. Arpaio, who was prosecuted and convicted of racial profiling by former President Obama’s Justice Department, is a well-known and controversial figure in Phoenix.

 

Democrats are warning that a public pardon at a campaign rally would stoke racial tensions at a time when the nation is on edge.

 

Stanton said a pardon would “enflame emotions and further divide our nation,” while Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) said Arpaio “shouldn’t be let off the hook for his crimes” just so Trump can win “some bonus points with his most racist supporters.”

 

But some Republicans in the state believe Arpaio was railroaded by the Obama Justice Department and are eager to see his name cleared.

 

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) released a statement on Monday calling Arpaio’s conviction “the culmination of a political witch hunt by the Obama administration to sideline and destroy a formidable opponent.”

 

"Sheriff Arpaio has been a faithful servant of this nation for over six decades,” Biggs said. “He should be allowed to live out the rest of his days in peace and confidence that his efforts were not in vain.”

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And then there is Trump's growing fued with Arizona Senator Jeff Flake whose book “Conscience of a Conservative,” which argues that Republicans must reclaim the soul of their party from Trump, apparently didn't sit well with the White House.

Speculation is rampant among political operatives in Arizona about whether Trump will meddle in the state’s 2018 primary, where Flake has attracted a primary challenger in state Sen. Kelli Ward (R), who will attend the rally — though not as a guest of Trump’s.

 

The president has not made an endorsement in Flake’s race but has tweeted support for Ward, a former state senator who is not viewed as a credible challenger by many establishment Republicans.

 

A super PAC supporting Ward’s bid has received a $300,000 donation from conservative mega-donor Robert Mercer and several operatives from a pro-Trump outside group have peeled off to work for her.

 

Finally, of course, we all know how Trump feels about John McCain who cast the deciding vote to kill the Obamacare repeal bill just before the August recess.

The fireworks are set to start at 7pm local time...

Comments

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah (not verified) Yukon Cornholius Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:17 Permalink

Constitution supporters: Wear body cameras, wear guns and have conceal carry self defense insurance. If/when the masked special snowflake swings its nail studded bat at you, shoot in self defense. Back up the video many times and get copies to real news outlets.

The violent tantrum shit by the statists (anti-fascist fascists) will ramp down when there are consequences to the bodily harm that they inflict.

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jus_lite_reading Creepy_Azz_Crackaah (not verified) Tue, 08/22/2017 - 15:12 Permalink

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Jump started NASA24. $600 million cut from UN peacekeeping budget.25. Targeting of MS13 gangs26. Deporting violent illegal immigrants.27. Signed 41 bills to date28. Created a commission on child trafficking29. Created a commission on voter fraud30. Created a commission for opioids addiction.31. Giving power to states to drug test unemployment recipients.32. Unemployment lowest since may 2007.33. Historic Black College University initiative34. Women In Entrepreneurship Act35. Created an office or illegal immigrant crime victims.36. Reversed Dodd-Frank37. Repealed DOT ruling which would have taken power away from local governments for infrastructure planning38. Order to stop crime against law enforcement.39. End of DAPA program.40. Stopped companies from moving out of America.41. Promoted businesses to create American Jobs.42. Encouraged country to once again buy American and hire American 43. Cutting regulations 2 for every one created.44. 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Has given head executive of each branches 6 month time Frame dated march 15 2017, tortured trim the fat. restructure and improve efficacy of there branch.* Signed executive order on the Establishment of Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy. * Signed an executive order aimed at expanding offshore drilling. * Signed a memo directing an investigation into aluminum imports, and an order aimed at cleaning up Veterans Affairs.* Signed two executive orders, including one directing a review of national monument designations under prior administrations. * Signed an executive order intended to boost the agriculture industry, and participated in a farmers' roundtable. * Signed proclamation on Holocaust Remembrance.* Signed financial services executive orders at the Treasury Dept* Signed a memo ordering a probe into whether foreign steel is hurting U.S. national security.* Signed the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act.* Signed the Buy American Hire American executive order.* Signed bill allowing states to block Planned Parenthood funding.* Signed two executive orders on trade aimed on reducing the trade deficit.* Signed an executive order establishing a commission on drug and opioid abuse.* Signed an executive order on energy independence at EPA headquarters.* Signs bill rolling back regulations via the Congressional Review Act.* Signed a bill on space exploration.* Signed order directing a top-to-bottom audit of the Executive Branch.* Signed revised executive order suspending the U.S. refugee program and entry for travelers from six mostly Muslim countries. * Signed an order calling for a review of the "waters of the United States" environmental regulation, and another order moving the HBCU (Historically Black College and Universities) offices back from the Education Department to the White House. * Signed two resolutions, one encouraging women at NASA and another promoting women in entrepreneurship. * Signed bill nixing a Social Security Administration rule regarding gun background checks. * Signed an executive order directing every agency to set up a task force to eliminate red tape. * Signed legislation undoing coal mining regulation.* Signed legislation rolling back part of the Dodd-Frank financial regulations. 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janus Creepy_Azz_Crackaah (not verified) Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:22 Permalink

So, there will be a rally in Phoenix (note the mythological significance of the name); Phoenix is situated right on the 33rd parallel; the rally will be held on the 22nd day -- and the start time is set for 7 (don't be surprised if The President starts speaking right about 7:07).janus has caught the whiff of some skunkworks wafting in the air.could be a very interesting night.Time will tell,janus

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chunga janus Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:32 Permalink

How'd you like Boston? The primary speaker at the free speach rally was a brown-skinned Indian guy running against Warren for senate. Hardly the face of a nazi skinhead hate mongerer. From what I can tell most of the people there were yuppies glad-handing themselves about being fair, nice, enlightened.Then there was the Antifa group smashing things and those were the ones that got arrested, and when all was said and done a victory was declared over "hate".

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janus chunga Tue, 08/22/2017 - 13:01 Permalink

Hey Chunga,I rarely (if ever) go into Boston anymore.  The Cape -- as with the rest of New England -- is an altogether different world.  For as abysmal, angry, intolerant, hostile, sanctimonious and ideologically indignant as those stuffy fucks in Boston are, there is another side to the area.  The recent election (& sustained popularity) of Charlie Baker has lent itself to a certain confidence around the towns and country-side comprising The Commonwealth.  Outside Cambridge, Newton, Brookline and the South End, there is very little sympathy for this rabid, insolent, crass and aggressive activism; it is alienating the greater share of the population, and this alienation is effecting an awarness that, for far too long, a tiny cluster of self-righteous super-rich 'progressives' have high-jacked the political machinery, and they (the people) are learning how to exercize their power against it. Outside Boston, you can't hardly find a home not flying The Stars & Stripes.  And this spitting on, tossing of urine at, threatening and harrassing of law enforcement is raising the dander of folks who, not long ago, would typically side with criminals over LEOs.  This area has been ravaged by opiates.  They sat back and accepted needle-sharing programs, the establishment of criminal gangs that specialize in heroin, a whole generation of young people who look like unkempt urchins, ever exploding taxes, on and on and on.  The People are very weary of it, and you can just sense the frustration festering amongst the greater share of decent people.Yeah, the story was impossible to slant for the commies.  On one side you had a handful of well-behaved and peaceful citizens humbly petitioning for their right to publicly exercise a constitutionally protected right (not espousing ANYTHING remotely racist or 'phobic' in any way; and even if they were, it's their right to do so), and on the other a mangy bunch of slobbering imbeciles, hysterical that anyone would DARE to maintain some believe not rigidly aligned to their cult-like orthodoxies.  janus 

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chunga janus Tue, 08/22/2017 - 13:28 Permalink

I'm getting a big kick out of getting my fake news from the tunes station on the radio. Having to jam so much fakeness into 2 minutes at the top of the hour is thoroughly bizarre and suggests some full throttle anxious desperation by the swamp.Right after that happened the fake news guy (cbs) came on and practically shouted there were THOUSANDS of counter protesters, putting a huge emphasis on that.It was crazy because fake news followed up immediately with an interview with one of these counter-protesters, a gal sounding very learned and fair, and she said she felt "surrounded" by hate even though there was only a few dozen people in that pavillion thing, and they left early.

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Lumberjack janus Tue, 08/22/2017 - 15:36 Permalink

Janus nails it. The South Shore and part of the Cape are vastly different. Folks mind their own business and tend to be middle of the road conservative in views. The Boston and metro west are rife with idiot flaming liberals. Even Mitt Romney lives there and likes it.

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Lumberjack janus Tue, 08/22/2017 - 15:42 Permalink

And I thought it was Austin (little Boston). What a fucking shithole that place is. They even admit it! BTW, antifa is protesting there on Nov, 4th. I wonder if they'll go to the Alamo ( San Antonio, Boston's confused cross dressing cousin), and tear down the statue of...Davy Crockett.

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Lumberjack Haus-Targaryen Tue, 08/22/2017 - 16:18 Permalink

Obama's legacy: The trashing of free speech

https://www.google.com/amp/thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-administr…

No administration in memory has more thoroughly undermined freedom of speech and of the press than that of President Obama. From the White House itself, as well as the independent and executive branch agencies, have come a steady stream of policies, initiatives, and pronunciamentos that have threatened or compromised both of these constitutional rights.

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GUS100CORRINA bunkers Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:02 Permalink

As far as I am concerned, they should make the protestors move to the DESERT. These same protestors would be required to bring their own WATER and cannot come within 5 miles of the Phoenix center where the RALLY is being HELD. Anyone violating the SAFE SPACE will be ARRESTED and taken to the DESERT if they wish to continue to RALLY.In additon, use the military to inforce the PROTESTOR BAN from RALLY SAFE SPACE.How do you like that for a solution?

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Fredo Corleone bunkers Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:01 Permalink

Trump will say nothing inflammatory; there will be no mention of Arpaio pardons or Flake, and will be quite concilliatory towards McCain, wishing him his warmest regards. He will also, as he did after Boston, praise those Leftists who will no doubt be rioting outside this convention center.

Trump is a chastened, broken man, locked in orbit around the liberal Democrat, New York/Goldman axis which is now the motive power in the White House.

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garcam123 chunga Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:38 Permalink

They're setting him up to pop him.They may let him live a little longer, especially now that he's capitulated to the MIC, but they are planning to whack him shortly and then every Amerikan will truly feel the boot of their overlords on their necks for the chilling realiztion that it ain't your country, it's been a con all the way.The most important thing the armed population can do is to dis-arm the local police and place them under close supervision, maybe even provide "housing" for them.They can have the freed potheads from jail bring them their meals!I'm old and have had a good run......Americans need to take their country back......it's pretty much now or never!I say arrest and jail the entire power structure of the country. START OVER!

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Eyes Opened chunga Tue, 08/22/2017 - 15:24 Permalink

I would NOT be surprised to hear of a very small turn-out after last nites speech... Trump lost a lot of supporters because of that & especially because of his shabby treatment of Steve Bannon.This is a major test of his powerbase... Tomorrows headlines may make for interesting reading.... just my 2c.

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rubiconsolutions bunkers Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:54 Permalink

Too bad sheriff Joe didn't boot TSA thugs out of Sky Harbor Airport which was in his county. Of course that would require he grow a set of stones and stand up to the feral government. He gets way to much credit, same as David Clarke and all these clowns who talk about standing up for the constitution but seem to be forgotten some very basic things about it like the 4th and 5th amendments.

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