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Phoenix’s mayor called on Trump to delay his rally and cautioned against a Joe Arpaio pardon

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Updated August 17, 2017 07:48 AM EDT

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (D) says he wants President Trump to delay his upcoming rally in the Arizona city.

"I am disappointed that President Trump has chosen to hold a campaign rally as our nation is still healing from the events in Charlottesville," he said in a statement Wednesday, referencing last week's violence in Virginia.

“It is my hope that more sound judgment prevails and that he delays his visit,” Stanton added of Trump.

Trump’s rally is scheduled for 7 p.m. local time Tuesday at the Phoenix Convention Center, according to a press release about the event.

Stanton additionally cautioned against Trump pardoning Joe Arpaio, the controversial former sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County.

“If President Trump is coming to Phoenix to announce a pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, then it will be clear his true intent is to enflame emotions and further divide our nation.”

Trump has faced criticism this week for his response to last weekend’s turmoil in Charlottesville.

The president on Tuesday insisted that there is “blame on both sides” for violence between white nationalists and counter-protesters who clashed in the Virginia city.

Three people died in relation to the unrest in Charlottesville, which began when white nationalists gathered there to protest the removal of a Confederate statue.

Arpaio, meanwhile, was found guilty of criminal contempt last month after his Maricopa County office was ordered to stop racially profiling Latinos.

The former sheriff became nationally known for his hardline stances on border security and stopping illegal immigration.

Trump told Fox News Sunday that he is “seriously considering” a pardon for Arpaio, who endorsed him during the 2016 presidential election.

“[Arpaio] has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration,” he said at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club. “He’s a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him.”

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (D) says he wants President Trump to delay his upcoming rally in the Arizona city.

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