It’s official: Donald Trump will be in Mesa Wednesday for his second campaign event in metro Phoenix this year.
And like his rally in Phoenix in July, his presence probably will draw hundreds of protesters.
“Donald Trump is coming to Phoenix for a second time, and we don't want him here. We don't want him as our next President, and we want his rhetoric of hate and bigotry to stop,” states one of the many Facebook events dedicated to protesting Trump.
“Let's show this xenophobe we won't stand for his hateful speech anymore! Bring signs and megaphones,” says another.
Trump's July event came in the middle of a media firestorm over his shocking, offensive remark that Mexican immigrants are criminals and rapists, and similarly, his visit this week comes on the heels of another outrageous statement:
In the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino terrorist attacks, Trump’s started calling for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our representatives can figure out what the hell is going on."
“Trump has, as part of his campaign, increasingly targeted Muslims… called for the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants and made hateful statements toward other groups, including Black Lives Matter,” a protester wrote on Facebook.
“We need to stand up and say NO.”
The protest is set to begin about 10 a.m. outside the event venue, the International Air Response at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
Rumors circulated last week that Trump was shopping for a venue in Phoenix, though why his campaign ended up booking a space remains a mystery. Also unclear is how many people the space can accommodate, but given that 4,000 showed up for his previous rally, Trump probably is expecting a big crowd.
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The campaign rally itself begins at noon, just hours after Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, where his recent inflammatory comments likely are to be a hot topic with debate moderators and the other candidates. Recent polls show Ted Cruz is gaining traction — though Trump is reaching record popularity percentages — and so far in this campaign season, Trump’s turned on the offensive whenever his poll supremacy is challenged.
While Trump accused Cruz of being “a maniac” on Monday, no one knows what will happen tonight.
But whatever it is, Trump’s bound to react to it during the Mesa rally — it should be a good show, er, very serious political speech full of very serious political ideas . . .