Demonstrators outside of the Trump rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night were pepper-sprayed by police. While it's unclear exactly how many people attended the rally, the Phoenix Convention Center, where the event was held, can hold up to 19,000 people.
Some of his supporters were caught red-handed after they posted photos online showing a massive crowd gathering in Phoenix for the speech.
He blamed the media for the widespread condemnation of his response to violence at a Charlottesville, Virginia, protest organized by white supremacists.
One day after striking a sober tone in a coherent speech announcing his administration's new Afghanistan policy, the president was back in peak demagogic form in Phoenix, raging against his enemies, whining about his unfair treatment in Washington, undercutting his employees, and telling obvious lies, all to the raucous delight of his screaming fans. His ties to House Speaker Paul Ryan have been transactional at best since Trump launched his political career. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, who is up for reelection next year. Flake wrote that he hopes politicians will start to work for the good of the Republican Party and not only to serve the president. So what did they say, right? He claimed that he "will not mention any names", saying that the choice was "very presidential", but it was clear who he was referring to when he lamented being "one vote" short on repealing Obamacare.
Then, he lambasted the "weak, weak people" allowing Confederate statues to be removed around the country accusing them of trying to take away "our culture" and "our history", Trump said.
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Republicans also expressed consternation at Mr. Trump's threat on Tuesday to "close down" the government in order to secure funding for a wall on the border with Mexico. I was stunned. President Trump reached a new level. "And tonight, this entire arena stands united against the thugs who perpetrate hatred and violence", Trump said Tuesday night.
On two occasions, I lied to you via telepathy and convinced you that the cameras broadcasting your rally had been shut down because the media were too frightened to share your criticism of CNN and other outlets. "All he needs to do is punish one incumbent and I think you'd see a sea-change". A former senior congressional staffer who knows Mr. McConnell and who spoke on condition of anonymity said the detail was striking: In all his meetings with the senator, he never heard Mr. McConnell raise his voice.
Trump will meet with border control agents before the rally as he seeks to recover from plummeting opinion poll figures. Jeff Flake, savaging the Arizona Republican on Twitter and holding a private meeting with several of his prospective primary opponents.
"He is 100 percent correct to go after McCain, Flake, Murkowksi", said Sam Nunberg, who worked as an aide to Trump's 2016 campaign. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) cast their "no" votes first.
Lemon himself said Trump "came out on stage and lied directly to the American people".
"We are not defined by the color of our skin, the figure on our paycheck or the party of our politics", he said.