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In Phoenix Saturday

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Donald Trump addresses a supporter in the Phoenix metro, March 2016.
Photo by Doug Molony.
The Vitriolic East Coast Businessman Turned TV Personality, Turned Presidential Candidate, Will Bring His Brash, Controversial Ways To Veterans Memorial Coliseum June 18, Counter Protest At Encanto Park

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

June 15, 2016 — Ready or not, here he comes again.

Donald J. Trump, Republican presidential candidate and presumed nominee will speak in a public rally at 4 p.m. this Saturday, June 18 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in central Phoenix. Doors open at 1 p.m.

Trump was last in Phoenix in March, when he made multiple stops, most infamously in Fountain Hills. His campaign rallies have featured thousands of protesters, most of them outside the venues where he spoke.

Last month’s protest in Tucson resulted in numerous arrests, general chaos and national news attention.

The Somos América / We Are America Coalition, and several other community organizations will hold a peaceful counter-rally at Encanto Park from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Organizers have named the rally “Demand Dignity and Justice; Reject Hate and Racism!”

Encanto Park is approximately 1 mile from Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Organizers also say the counter rally will adhere, “to the philosophy of non-violence as developed by Martin Luther King and César Chávez. Speakers expected to speak include Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo, activist Salvador Reza, former Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, non-violence advocate Mark Klym, State Sen. Martín Quezada, and LULAC member Lydia Guzmán. The rally will also feature several speakers, informational tables, the opportunity to register to vote, and unity press conference.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/203849366681025/ or email to write to mosesarizona@gmail.com.

When Trump declared his candidacy last year, many pundits considered it a publicity stunt with little chance of succeeding.

Trump was competing with, among others, the son of a political dynasty (Jeb Bush), two rising-star Latino senators (Ted Cruz and Marco), a Libertarian-leaning GOP senator with a strong following (Rand Paul) and a popular Republican governor in a generally Blue State (John Kasich).

Trump’s divisive rhetoric on immigrants and Muslims – along with his own mixed record, both personally and professionally – would never sell, they said.  But in primary after primary, he dispatched with each one of his GOP rivals.

While many top leaders in the Republican Party have announced their tacit (if lukewarm) support of Trump — including House Speaker Paul Ryan and U.S. Sen John McCain — there have been some, including former President George W. Bush, who will not.

Although he has yet to clinch the official GOP nomination – that won’t happen until next month in Cleveland – many say that Trump has forever changed how presidential races are run.

That remains to be seen. According to the latest polls on Real Clear Politics, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has a slight lead over Trump.  There is still five months to go until Election Day, however.
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