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Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

Rallies, closures, protests, opportunities: Trump visits downtown Phoenix

PHOENIX – One downtown Phoenix group estimated 25,000 people will converge in downtown Phoenix on Tuesday – both to support and oppose – President Donald Trump’s rally. He plans to appear at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center.

PHOENIX – One downtown Phoenix group estimated 25,000 people will converge in downtown Phoenix on Tuesday – both to support and oppose – President Donald Trump’s rally. He plans to appear at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Activists, businesses and law enforcement have spent the day preparing for the visit. Follow Cronkite News to stay updated on the latest coverage.

Entrepreneurs sell goods outside convention center

Nick Towe, 20, came from Oklahoma to sell buttons and T-shirts outside the Phoenix Convention Center.

He and his father, Chad Towe, 48, travelled across the country during the 2016 campaign. Nick Towe said they sold goods at 75 Trump rallies and visited 38 states.

The pair also mentioned they sold merchandise for other candidates, including Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders.

Nick Towe said some candidates made more money than others. “Republican ones make more money … (we) didn’t make money from Hillary.”

Nick Towe said business was slow early in the afternoon, but he was waiting to see if business would pick up. He said sometimes, 90 percent of the profit comes when people are leaving an event.

A group of local Boy Scouts also took advantage of the visit. They were providing bottled water to the crowd to raise money for a friend involved in an Eagle Scout project to provide dental supplies for people in Ethiopia.

– Angelica Cabral

Grijalva, community groups denounce Trump rally

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, on Tuesday said if President Donald Trump pardons former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, it will “deepen the divisions that are already deep enough in the country.”

Grijalva joined community groups to denounce Tuesday’s rally. Trump told Fox News last week he is considering pardoning Arpaio, and the groups feared the president would make an announcement Tuesday.

Arpaio is a fervent Trump fan who was convicted of criminal contempt of court in July for violating a federal judge’s order to stop targeting Latinos in traffic stops.

“It would absolutely be a miscarriage of justice,” said Laila Ikram of the Council on American and Islamic Relations. But if Trump does issue a pardon, Ikram said the groups would continue peaceful protests and encourage Arizona residents to register to vote.

The community groups also voiced their concerns about Trump’s reaction to the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one woman was killed and others were injured during counter demonstrations of a white nationalist march.

“He’s insulting our community,” said Eduardo Sainz, deputy director of Mi Familia Vota’s Arizona chapter.

The other groups at the news conference included Living United for Change Arizona, Arizona League of Conservation Voters, Planned Parenthood of Arizona and the Arizona Coalition for Change.

– Shayla Hyde

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