President Trump was in full scale campaign rally mode on Tuesday night in Phoenix, Arizona, bashing the media and Democrats whom he called “obstructionists” as protestors gathered to protest outside in the hot Phoenix heat amid rising political tensions over race and some delays with his domestic agenda.
Claiming that his movement is built on “love for all citizens” and the conviction that every American from every background is entitled to a government that puts their needs first, President Trump frequently shifted gears throughout his speech and went on the attack, calling the media “dishonest people” as he recalled the past events in Charlottesville and insisted that he always called for unity.
Some of the targets of his media attack included ABC, The Washington Post, and CNN.
President Trump cherry picked the past statements he issued in the wake of the Charlottesville events to make the point that he had called for unity all along and was mischaracterized by the “fake news” media.
President Trump neglected to mention the “many sides” statement he previously made about the violence during his press conference from Trump Tower that provoked a strong reaction.
Absent from his Phoenix rally on Tuesday night were Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, who have both opposed President Trump in the past, and Arizona Governor Doug Doucey.
President Trump’s 2016 campaign motto “drain the swamp” was recycled again on Tuesday night as was his pledge to bring forward the “largest tax cut in the history of the United States.”
Former Sheriff of Maricopa County Joe Arpaio became a rally cry after President Trump asked his boisterous Phoenix crowd if the man who was called “America’s toughest sheriff” was convicted for doing his job.
The Phoenix crowd responded with strong cheers.
Sheriff Joe was found guilty in July 2017 of criminal contempt after he willfully defied a 2011 court order to stop racial profiling Latinos and handing them over to national immigration authorities.
The U.S. Justice Department has concluded that Sheriff Joe Arpaio oversaw the worst pattern of racial profiling in U.S. history and filed a lawsuit against him for unlawful discriminatory police conduct.
In November 2016 Sheriff Joe Arpaio lost re-election to Democrat Paul Penzone who became Sheriff of Maricopa County Arizona in January 2017.
Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio is currently awaiting sentencing this month. He is also known for investigating former U.S. President Barack Obama’s over his birth certificate and making continual claims that it is a forged document.
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