On Tuesday, Donald Trump will head to Arizona for the first time as president, attending a campaign-style rally in the city of Phoenix scheduled for 7 p.m. local time. Amid a couple weeks of backlash to his equivocating response to the white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, it's not so surprising that people are planning to oppose and denounce Trump, too. So, how can you protest Trump's Phoenix rally, you might be wondering?
If you're local to the Phoenix area, or close enough to make the trip, then there are a few different possibilities that have already been scheduled and reporter on. According to Tucson ABC affiliate KGUN 9, the following protests are planned for Tuesday, the first starting in the afternoon.
- A protest is planned to take place outside the State Capitol in Phoenix, scheduled from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. MST.
- A march against "hate in our streets" is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. MST at the downtown Phoenix Convention Center.
- A unity vigil is reportedly being planned for 6 p.m. MST at the First Church UCC, with the plan to march from there to the State Capitol.
- There's a Facebook event for a protest outside the Herberger Theater at 6 p.m. MST, scheduled to run for three hours. There's currently nearly 4,000 people who've confirmed they're attending, with another roughly 10,000 people marking themselves as "interested."
The mayor of Phoenix is none too happy about Trump's visit. Greg Stanton, a Democrat, has been publicly urging Trump not to show up, citing the incredible amount of tension and discord that the president has left in his wake in the last few weeks.
The white supremacist rally in Charlottesville ultimately left one civilian, 32-year-old anti-racist demonstrator Heather Heyer, dead. The deadly violence did not occur alongside an appearance by Trump, but many fear this sort of visit could add fuel the escalating tensions.
Indeed, Stanton himself used raised the imagery or fuel and fire in requesting that Trump cancel his planned Phoenix rally, writing in an op-ed for The Washington Post that now is not the best moment for it.
America is hurting. And it is hurting largely because Trump has doused racial tensions with gasoline. With his planned visit to Phoenix on Tuesday, I fear the president may be looking to light a match.
That's why I asked the president to delay his visit. It's time to let cooler heads prevail and begin the healing process.
Despite the urging, however, there's every indication Trump's Tuesday night rally plans are moving forward.