President Donald J. Trump’s Phoenix visit left many talking.
President Trump visited the Grand Canyon State for a campaign rally that many, in support of and against Trump, attended. During Trump’s speech, he covered many topics, including an attempt his statement made about the violence in Charlottesville, VA. Read below for the six highlights of the protested rally.
1. At the Phoenix Convention Center Trump defended and reread his Charlottesville statement by omitting the line where he references the violence to “many sides.”
Trump’s statement at the rally: “So here’s what I said, really fast, here’s what I said on Saturday: ‘We’re closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia’ – this is me speaking. ‘We condemn in the strongest, possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence.’ That’s me speaking on Saturday.”
What Trump really said: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides. On many sides. It’s been going on for a long time our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time.”
2. Phoenix police used tear gas, stun grenades, pepper spray and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd of protestors at the end of Trump’s rally.
Authorities claimed rocks and bottles were thrown at officers surrounding the area, which provoked their response.
3. Trump blamed the media
“It’s time to expose the crooked media deceptions and to challenge the media for their role in fomenting divisions and yes, by the way, they are trying to take away our history and our heritage.”
4. Trump threw shade at both Arizona senators John McCain and Jeff Flake without mentioning their names.
“We were one vote away. Think of it, seven years the Republicans – and again, you have some great senators, but we were one vote away from repealing it [Obamacare].
But you know, they all said, Mr. President, your speech was so good last night, please, please, Mr. President don’t mention any names. So I won’t. I won’t. No I won’t vote – one vote away, I will not mention any names. Very presidential, isn’t it? Very presidential.
And nobody wants me to talk about your other senator, who’s weak on borders, weak on crime, so I won’t talk about him.”
5. Trump reassures to the crowd that Sheriff Joe Arpaio ‘is going to be just fine.”
“By the way, I’m just curious. Do the people in this room like Sheriff Joe? [APPLAUSE] So was Sheriff Joe convicted for doing his job? That’s why… [APPLAUSE] He should have had a jury, but you know what? I’ll make a prediction. I think he’s going to be just fine, OK?”
6. There were four arrests related to the Trump rally protests.