President Trump's Phoenix rally, as well as potential Arpaio pardon, draw opposition and concerns

- President Donald Trump will visit Phoenix in four days, in his first trip to the city as President, and there is a lot of curiosity about whether or not he will pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

On Friday, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton voiced his concerns about the rally, and some Democratic Party lawmakers spoke out against the potential pardon.

 

"Delay this visit," said Mayor Stanton. "This is not the right time to come."

Mayor Stanton said now is not the time for a visit, which comes after the recent deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

"Our country is still in mourning after the tragedy in Charlottesvile, in which a young woman was murdered there," said Mayor Stanton. "His reaction was not too unequivocal in the condemnation of the White supremacist."

Ahead of Trump's visit, there are also reports that he may be considering a pardon for Arpaio, who has been convicted of criminal contempt. Mayor Stanton said a pardon would fuel the fire.

"He is not worthy of a pardon on a substantive level," said Mayor Stanton.

Several Arizona Democratic representatives have also spoken out against a pardon, with three of them writing letters to the President. A fourth representative, Kyrsten Sinema, said Arpaio should be held accountable.

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