President Trump is going for another ego boost again. In the wake of Charlottesville’s tragic events, he has announced another surprise. At a time when his approval ratings seem like they couldn’t get any lower, he is holding his first campaign rally in the western state of Arizona.
There is speculation that, at this rally, Trump may announce a pardon for former Arizona county sheriff Joe Arapio, a Trump campaign supporter, who was was recently convicted of having defied a judge’s order to stop racial profiling of Latinos when he was in office.
For Trump to take his campaign west is a stray from his usual visits to traditional blue-collar areas like Ohio, West Virginia, and other areas. Most previous presidents have not held campaign rallies so early in their presidency, but Trump is becoming energized by his base and has decided to deviate from the norm.
Next week’s rally will take place Tuesday night in Phoenix. Trump’s support has definitely declined in the polls but he is attempting to engage his loyal supporters. There were also some strong reactions on Twitter regarding this announcement.
Will the attendees have tiki torches?
— Shawna (@mommyof3LAL) August 16, 2017
— nenita mercedes♥️?? (@mercedes_nenita) August 16, 2017
Need to pump up the ego again
— Michael Banach (@m1db) August 16, 2017
"Hey, when I'm not playing golf, watching TV, obsessively tweeting, or defending Nazis, I need something to do."
— Beth Corvino (@bethcorvino) August 16, 2017
hopefully Robert Mueller's investigation is proceeding unabated by recent events. It may be the only way we can get rid of @realDonaldTrump
— Wilson Stewart (@seathrupbp) August 16, 2017
Someone on here said, "let him golf. You know who's not golfing? Mueller."
— LibTARDIS (@dinnerbeans) August 16, 2017
Trumpy needs a little feel good. Someone made him sad.
— Commit to Vote (@CommittoVote) August 16, 2017
— Latino Political Ave (@LatPoliticalAve) August 16, 2017
Trump to hold eighth pro-Nazi rally since taking office illegally.
— Wallace Ritchie (@WallaceRitchie) August 16, 2017
On Tuesday, Trump enraged many people when he gave white supremacists equal blame for the Charlottesville violence. Trump became combative with reporters and said:
‘You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent.
‘And nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now.’
Trump also expressed support for Confederate sympathizers wanting to maintain Confederate statues and monuments like the one of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville. Trump went on to say:
‘This week it’s Robert E. Lee. I noticed Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder — is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You really have to ask yourself, where does it stop?’
Former KKK leader and Trump supporter, David Duke, even thanked Trump for his statements on the issue. As Trump’s horrifying speech went on, he tried to make a case for why the counter-protesters were to blame for Charlottesville, saying:
‘What about the alt-left that came charging at the — as you say — the alt-right?” Trump challenged the reporters. “Do they have any semblance of guilt?
‘What about the fact they came charging — that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do.’
At that point, he was just making up things which is the norm for Trump these days.
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