President Trump is unlike any past President in the fact that he loves holding campaign-style rallies around the country. Whether it’s simply to get his message out, or to relive his glory days on the campaign trail, before he had any real responsibility, who knows. One thing is for sure, however, and that is the fact that the crowds typically swell, become boisterous, and Trump seems to be in his own personal element.
Following last weekend’s Charlottesville tragedy, and the President’s response, or should we say, lack of response, many people on both the right and the left are furious. When you combine this with the possibility that Trump may use an upcoming rally in Phoenix, Arizona, to announce his pardoning of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio for criminal-contempt, you get the recipe for mass protests. And that’s exactly what’s being planned.
The protest, which will gather at the north side of Monroe street across from the Phoenix Convention Center at the Herberger Theater, starting at 6 PM local time on Tuesday, August 22, is expected to bring in large crowds. Protest organizers are also suggesting that those looking to participate reserve seats at the actual rally by going here. Reserving seats could accomplish two different goals. First it will enable protesters inside the rally, and second, it will cause a lot of seats to remain empty if these individuals requesting tickets don’t show up. The official protest website reads as follows:
“White supremacist leader Donald Trump is coming back to Phoenix next Tuesday. It will be his first public rally since his hate-filled rants yesterday aligning himself with the Neo-nazis of Charlottesville.
There’s a good chance that Trump is here to pardon Joe Arpaio.
Come stand up for decency, equality, and good. Stand up for your children and the goodness in their hearts. Stand in solidarity with the brave people in Charlottesville. Stand up against bigotry, hate, white supremacy, Nazis, Islamophobia, transphobia, xenophobia.
Protests will be on the north side of Monroe street across from the Phoenix Convention Center at the Herberger Theater Center, and will start at 6PM. More details to come.
You can get tickets to the actual rally here, if you want to make sure there are a lot of empty seats — or if you want to protest inside:
If you are attending, please do so in a peaceful manner. Do not resort to violence of any kind and always obey the officers on hand. Stay safe, and let us know if you intend to participate, in the comments section below.