Pardon America's toughest sheriff

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Gallego said Charlottesville was just the latest racial misstep made by Trump, who has said he was not racist.

Now Arpaio faces up to six months in jail, and his sentencing is scheduled for October 5.

During a recent interview on the Fox News Channel, Trump said that he is seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio.

"We must stand up and resist against white supremacists like Trump and like Arpaio who have been tormenting our communities for oh so long", Castro said.

Trump supporters and protesters are seen here ahead of President Trump's rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on August 22, 2017.

He served as the sheriff for 24 years and was not reelected last November.

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Sisters Amricela Godinez, 25, and Ana Rose, 36, who are Mexican-American, came because they said they "support the President no matter what". Any move to do so soon would come far earlier than former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, who each waited nearly two years into their terms before granting an initial pardon.

Flake "hopes the president will speak constructively about moving forward with tax reform, border security, and other important issues facing our country", Allison said.

Donald Trump will hold the rally a day after his primetime speech outlining his strategy for Afghanistan but it is mainly his handling of events in Charlottesville that are firing up the protesters.

A judge ruled last month that the former sheriff had committed a crime by flouting the order not to detain suspected undocumented immigrants in a decision that was widely seen as a rebuke of a law enforcement officials whose tactics - including housing immigrants in a tent city and forcing detainees to wear pink underwear - had always been controversial.

"There is much activity downtown in and around the convention center", said Sgt. Jonathan Howard, spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department.

Sheriff Arpaio, 85, was found guilty of misdemeanor contempt of court on July 31 after he defied a 2011 order to stop enforcing federal immigration law by conducting traffic patrols and detaining illegal-alien lawbreakers.

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Using screen printers, one group of Puente volunteers pumped out hundreds of signs to be used in their demonstration of the Trump rally. But the self-proclaimed "America's toughest sheriff" won't be attending.

"I might do it right away, maybe early this week", Trump said more than a week ago.

Trump and Arpaio became linked during the 2016 campaign for their like-minded views on immigration. "I said he'll go down in history as one of the best presidents we've ever had, and I stick with that prediction regardless". Some believe Arpaio was politically targeted by the Obama administration.

Other top Republicans who either will not attend or are not expected to show up are the state's two senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake.

The major broadcast networks air their news programs at 6:30 p.m. on the West Coast - too early for the Trump rally - and cutting into prime time on the East Coast seems unlikely.

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