Arizona Rep. Grijalva: Trump Should Cancel His Racist Rally in Phoenix

August 22, 2017
Editorial

People come to the Arizona desert for a myriad of reasons. President Donald Trump is coming to Arizona this week to bring his circus of hate after doubling down on his defense of the Neo-Nazis and white supremacists that wreaked havoc in Charlottesville, Va. last weekend. He’ll be holding a rally for his ever-dwindling number of supporters, and as part of these theatrics, will likely issue a presidential pardon for convicted criminal and disgraced former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

With this visit to Arizona, Trump’s full embrace of the racist hatred of the alt-right is in full bloom. We can already assume that at his rally, he will once again attack immigrants, Mexico, and promote his silly wall. Tried and true, whenever Trump feels cornered, he pivots and attacks immigrants to misdirect attention from real issues and throws the red meat that the most extremist elements of his base continue to crave.

If Trump pardons Arpaio, it wouldn’t be just a pardoning of the man; it would be a ringing endorsement of his crimes and disregard for the laws of our nation. For years, the disgraced ex-sheriff initiated discriminatory police practices against immigrants and Latinos. Among his long track record of policing misconduct, Arpaio conducted immigration raids into predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods and ordered officers to racially profile subjects during traffic stops.

Read my full op-ed in Fortune here.