Here's who the ACLU blames for the violence outside Trump's Phoenix rally

Posted August 25, 2017

A majority of that group says he's encouraged them deliberately rather than accidentally.

"I'll make a prediction: I think he's gonna be just fine, OK?" "But. I won't do it tonight". Former director of national intelligence James Clapper said it led him to question Trump's "fitness to be in this office'".

The White House had said earlier when asked about Arpaio that "there will be no discussion of that today".

"I will fight for you with every breath in my body, I will never, ever let you down".

The rest of the poll didn't get much better for Trump: Twice as many said he's done more to divide the country than divide it, and six in 10 disapproved of his response to the Charlottesville protests and violence.

America has watched police spray protesters with tear gas on a hot night in Phoenix after a controversial speech by President Donald Trump ripped open the wounds of Charlottesville and added some salt for good measure.

Trump said he condemned the "thugs" who caused violence in Charlottesville, but he quickly pivoted to the "dishonest media". While quoting himself, Trump did not mention his remark that "there's blame on both sides". "I got the white supremacists, the neo-Nazi, I got them all".

About an hour into the speech, Trump said Congress needs to do more to reform health care and immigration, something that affects Arizona's people directly, he said.

"If you look at both sides - I think there's blame on both sides".

Could he endorse Kelli Ward or another Republican challenger to Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, another Arizona Republican who has frequently criticized Trump.

In a not-so-oblique reference to Flake, Trump fumed, "Nobody wants me to talk about your other senator, who's weak on borders, weak on crime". Arizona, after all, is the state that effectively made him president, and not merely for the 11 electoral votes it awarded him last November.

Prior to the rally, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said that if Trump is coming to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio, then his "true intent is to enflame emotions and further divide our nation". Nobody knows who the hell he is! And now, see, I haven't mentioned any names.

In response to criticism that he didn't say enough to condemn racism and bigotry, Trump fired back, arguing he called out several white supremacist groups. Still, in a show of support perhaps left over from Ward drawing 39% in a primary against McCain past year, hundreds - likely thousands - of people standing in line outside the event carried Ward signs or wore Ward stickers.

Members of the John Brown Gun Club and Redneck Revolt protest outside the Phoenix Convention Center on Tuesday.

A review of the transcript from his rally speech shows he referenced himself almost 250 times, with the incessant use of "I", "I'm", "I'd" and the third-person "Trump".