Donald Trump's Saturday Arizona campaign event is moving to the Phoenix
Convention Center due to overwhelming demand. It was originally to take place at the Arizona Biltmore Resort Spa.
7/9/15, "Sen. Flake: Local GOP should not host Trump’s Arizona event," Washington Post, Philip Rucker
"Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is calling on the local (Maricopa County) Republican Party to withdraw its sponsorship of a campaign event scheduled for Saturday that will feature presidential candidate Donald Trump and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
an interview with The Washington Post on Thursday, Flake said both
Trump and Arpaio's inflammatory rhetoric about immigrants and about
President Obama's place of birth are not indicative of the Republican
Party's values. The event at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix is hosted
by the Republican Party of Maricopa County, but Flake said he had called
the party chairman to ask him not to sponsor the event.
elected official and as a Republican, I’m not excited about this, to say
the least," Flake said. "I don’t think that [Trump's] views are
reflective of the party, particularly in Arizona, a border state."
Republican Party of Maricopa County Chairman Tyler Bowyer issued a
statement in response to Flake's comments saying the party is "thrilled"
to welcome Trump and accusing the senator of violating former president
Ronald Reagan's commandment that "thou shall not speak ill of any other
"It is saddening that at a time when Republicans
should be exposing the negligence and failed policies of Democrats --
from sanctuary cities to DACA and catch-and-release to Obama's refusal
to secure the border -- some Republicans choose to instead gossip about
which GOP presidential candidate was invited to meet with voters in
their home county," the statement read.
Flake -- who, like
Arizona's senior senator, John McCain (R), is a leading proponent of
immigration reform -- said Trump's recent comments about Mexican
Americans are "ill-informed" and "not accurate" and threaten to damage
the Republican Party's image.
“It’s not just on the immigration
side. Donald Trump is just about the last unapologetic birther in the
country," Flake said, referring to Trump's false contention that Obama
was not born in the United States. Flake added that Arpaio also is an
In 2010, Arizona was considered ground
zero for the immigration debate after then-Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed
one of the strictest anti-undocumented immigrant laws in the country.
Flake said he fears Trump may stoke raw feelings about immigration held
by Arizona's more conservative activists.
“I had hoped that we
had moved on from some of the coarse rhetoric and these statements,"
Flake said. However, he said the Trump event "is just a bad reminder of
the statements of the past that the state has largely moved on from."
Flake said he would be out of the state on a family vacation this weekend and would not attend the Trump event.
“There will likely be a crowd," Flake said. "But I think that his views aren’t shared by as many as he would like to think.”"
7/9/15, "Donald Trump event moves to Phoenix Convention Center," Arizona Republic, Yvonne Wingett Sanchez
"Donald Trump's Arizona campaign event is moving to the Phoenix
Convention Center, the Republican presidential candidate's campaign
Hours after announcing the billionaire reality
star-turned presidential contender's planned Saturday speech would be
held at the luxury Arizona Biltmore Resort Spa, event organizers began
scouting alternate locations.
"Due to the overwhelming response
... the venue has been changed to accommodate the thousands of people
expected to attend and the event will now take place at the Phoenix
Convention Center," Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement."...
Friday, July 10, 2015
Pathetic GOP Establishment Sen. Jeff Flake actually called Maricopa County, Arizona Republican Party and asked them not to sponsor Trump's Saturday event in Phoenix. Maricopa Cty. Chair responded that the group is "thrilled" to welcome Trump and is saddened that Flake objects-Washington Post
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