Phoenix Mayor to Trump: Don’t come here, you’re not welcome

Donald Trump is preparing to hold a campaign-style rally in Phoenix, AZ Tuesday, but it seems he is not going to get the warmest welcome.

Furthermore, large protests planned in the wake of Trump’s remarks on the brutal neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, VA this month blaming “both sides” for the anarchy, the president is facing resistance from Phoenix’s mayor, Greg Stanton.

Stanton, a Democrat, has asked Trump to postpone his visit to the city. In an opinion piece in the Washington Post, Stanton claimed that Trump has only put fuel on racial tensions across the country and could be looking to do the same in Phoenix so as to please his base — notorious racists and neo-Nazis were happy with Trump’s soft comments on their actions in Charlottesville, which led to the death of counter-protester Heather Heyer.

“America is hurting. And it is hurting largely because Trump has doused racial tensions with gasoline. With his planned visit to Phoenix on Tuesday, I fear the president may be looking to light a match,” Stanton confirmed. “That’s why I asked the president to delay his visit. It’s time to let cooler heads prevail and begin the healing process. I’m not optimistic the White House will heed that call.”

Stanton pointed out that Trump has considered forgiving disgraced former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and the Phoenix mayor doesn’t think it’s only a coincidence that Trump has selected to make his first visit to Arizona as president soon after Arpaio was found guilty of criminal disrespect of court after rejecting to end practices of racial profiling.

“A pardon of Arpaio can be viewed only as a presidential endorsement of the lawlessness and discrimination that terrorized Phoenix’s Latino community,” Stanton said. “Choosing to announce it in Phoenix — especially in the wake of Charlottesville — would add insult to very serious injury and would reveal that the president’s true intent is to further divide our nation.”

Stanton claimed that Arizona people, even in his deeply Republican county, had developed tired of the former sheriff’s racism, and a pardon from Trump wouldn’t alter anything.