Phoenix mayor begs president not to visit amid protests

Police will be at their highest staffing level as Phoenix expects tens of thousands of demonstrators for Trump's rally tonight, including pro-immigrant groups and Antifa.
1:53 | 08/22/17

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Transcript for Phoenix mayor begs president not to visit amid protests
Also this morning, president trump facing more fallout from his charlottesville response. Our new ABC news/"washington post" poll showing just 28% of Americans approve of how he handled charlottesville. 56% disapprove and last night house speaker Paul Ryan speaking about the president's response saying, he quote, messed up. And in the wake of the charlottesville events the mayor of Phoenix has asked the president to postpone his campaign rally there tonight. However, the trump campaign is moving forward and our chief national correspondent Tom llamas is there in Phoenix with all the latest on that. Good morning to you, Tom. Reporter: Amy, good morning to you. The mayor of Phoenix who is a Democrat has begged the president not to show up. He says the timing is too close to charlottesville and there is a real fear that things could explode tonight. Here's why. The president will speak here, just behind me at the convention center. His supporters are going to be here. You can see they're setting up some of the concrete barriers. About a block away, tens of thousands of protesters, all types, people like pro-immigrant groups but also the antifa, they're not afraid to destroy property and bikers for trump will roll in here to protect the trump supporters. Police staffing levels are at the highest and the Arizona National Guard is also on standby just in case. The big wild card, will president trump pardon former sheriff Joe arpaio. He was one of the biggest names, one of the strongest early supporters of president trump. That being said, his critics said he used racial profiling tactics here in Arizona, a court agreed with him and he actually was convicted of contempt of court for not listening to a judge in that racial profiling case. He tells ABC news he does not plan to be here. The trump campaign has not invited him but if he gets a pardon he, of course, will set it. Adding to all this it is supposed to be 105 degrees once the demonstrations start. Amy. All ice on Phoenix tonight. Tom, thank you so much. It will be tense there.

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