U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva

Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star 2016

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Arizona, announced in a six-minute YouTube video that he will be leading a counter protest outside the Phoenix Convention Center on Tuesday, Aug. 22, while President Donald Trump talks to supporters inside. 

The Tucson Democrat called the President "unhinged" following the President's comments about the violence in Charlottesville.

“This president is indeed unhinged and his comments yesterday emboldened, (and) gave justification to people who fundamentally go against the values of this nation,” said Grijalva in the video. "People driven by hate. People driven by racism. And people driven to make other people victims throughout this whole process."

In labeling Trump as a supporter of racists, Grijalva repeats a proverb in both Spanish and English: "Tell me who you are with and I'll tell you who are," Grijalva said. 

Grijalva said he is concerned Trump will pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio during his visit to Phoenix. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for ignoring a court order to stop detained suspected illegal immigrants. He faces up to six months in prison.

 

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