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Here’s President Trump’s Super Defensive Arizona Speech In A Nutshell

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Last night, President Donald Trump arrived in Phoenix, Arizona, to give a speech at an event that amounted to a political rally. The previous night, he spoke about his strategy in Afghanistan (although many people did not tune in). He did not address any of the controversies looming over his presidency.

Before we get into what Trump said in Phoenix, here’s some background:

  1. This would be the first time Trump would speak since the backlash over his Charlottesville comments. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton even wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post urging Trump not to come to Arizona, saying it was too soon after Charlottesville and tensions had not eased. Republican Arizona Governor Doug Ducey did not attend Trump’s rally.
  2. Which brings us to this second point: Several people in Trump’s GOP party have reportedly turned on Trump. They’re saying he’s not fit to be president.
  3. Many were also wondering if Trump would pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty for criminal contempt for “defying a judge’s court order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants” on July 31.

With Charlottesville and the recent resignations of senior staff, it appears the rally in Phoenix was Trump’s way to get encouragement from his supporters.

As The Washington Post states: “When he finds himself under attack or slipping in popularity, he often holds a rally in a place like this: a diverse blue city that’s home to liberal protesters but surrounded by red suburbs and rural towns filled with Trump supporters who will turn out in droves.”

So, what did Trump say in Phoenix? The president first went on an insane rant against the media.

“…But the very dishonest media, those people right up there with all the cameras,” Trump said pointing at the cameras in front of him, which garnered boos from the audience. “I mean, truly dishonest people in the media and the fake media, they make up stories. They have no sources in many cases. They say ‘a source says’ — there is no such thing. But they don’t report the facts. Just like they don’t want to report that I spoke out forcefully against hatred, bigotry and violence and strongly condemned the neo-Nazis, the White Supremacists, and the KKK.”

Then Trump began to talk about Charlottesville. Not about what happened there, but about his own statements.

Trump pulled out a paper and proceed to read out his initial statement about Charlottesville. But the interesting thing about it is that he never said the words that caused him so much backlash: .

Trump talked about his social media habits and claimed he doesn’t go on “Twitter storms.”

If I don’t have social media, I probably would not be standing,” Trump said. “And do you ever notice, when I go on and I’ll put, like, out a tweet or a couple of tweets, ‘He’s in a Twitter-storm again!’ I — I don’t do Twitter-storms. You know, you’ll put out a little tweet: ‘I’m going to be with the veterans today.’ They’ll say, ‘Donald Trump is in a Twitter-storm.’ These are sick people.

Trump hinted that he will pardon Arpaio, despite his press secretary saying otherwise.

But Sheriff Joe can feel good,” Trump said. “The people of Arizona know the deadly and heartbreaking consequences of illegal immigration, the lost lives, the drugs, the gangs, the cartels, the crisis of smuggling and trafficking.”

When talking about immigration, Trump went back to MS-13, again.

Trump, described again, a fictitious tale of how MS-13 gang members prey and kill their victims.

You’ve seen it,” Trump said. “You’ve lived it, and you elected me to put a stop to it. And we are doing a phenomenal job of putting a stop to it. That I can tell you.”

Trump also took a time out to say that he’s in good shape.

When speaking about being in Yuma, Arizona with ICE, Trump mentioned (several times) about the extreme heat in the area. But noted that he could handle it because he’s in a shape.

This wasn’t an off-the-cuff comment, but a straight jab at many political pundits that say Trump isn’t physicially fit to be president.

Before ending his speech, Trump said that one way or another, the U.S.-Mexico border wall would be built.

“Now the obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it,” Trump said. “But believe me, if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall.”

Trump went on to talk about possibly ending NAFTA, how it was good for him to get out of the Paris Agreement, and about beautiful clean coal.

One of the weirdest moments from his speech was this Trump supporter who was plugging a conspiracy website.

Trump also mentioned that the group of protesters outside the rally was very small, but his crowd wasn’t exactly massive:

This is how CNN’s Don Lemon described Trump’s speech:

READ: President Trump Is Touring Around The World And Social Media Is Eating It All Up

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Judge Rules Arizona Educators Were Discriminating Against Mexican-American Studies

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Judge Rules Arizona Educators Were Discriminating Against Mexican-American Studies

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Yesterday, U.S. District Judge A. Wallace Tashima ruled that students in Arizona had a constitutional right to have Mexican-American studies as part of their curriculum. That’s right, Judge Tashima ruled that a ban against Mexican-American studies, imposed by former state education leaders Tom Horne and John Huppenthal, was racist and fueled by their politics.

The ruling is a win for students in Arizona, including Mexican-American students denied an education about their own history and culture.

“Additional evidence shows that defendants were pursuing these discriminatory ends in order to make political gains. Horne and Huppenthal repeatedly pointed to their efforts against the MAS program in their respective 2011 political campaigns, including in speeches and radio advertisements. The issue was a political boon to the candidates,” Tashima wrote.

The case against Mexican-American studies (MAS) first began in 2012, after the Tucson Unified School District said the Mexican-American studies program was teaching students that white people were oppressive to minorities.

Students and teachers sued, saying it was their First Amendment right to have this program as part of their curriculum. The Huffington Post notes that lawyers for the plaintiffs claimed Arizona Republicans “violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment” because they only targeted Mexican-American studies (MAS) classes in one Latino-heavy district.

As news of the verdict came out, people on Twitter celebrated the victory.

Curtis Acosta, one of the teachers banned from teaching MAS in his classrooms, tweeted “Justicia!”

We won on all points,” Richard Martinez, one of six lawyers defending the students, said to The Huffington Post. “It speaks to the importance of the judiciary and protecting everyone against racial discrimination.”

Horne, one of the defendants who claimed the MAS program taught students hatred of white people, said this ruling “divides students by race and promotes ethnic chauvinism.” He added: “[I]t is a fundamental American ideal that we are all individuals, entitled to be judged by our knowledge and character, and not by what race we happen to have been born into,” Horne said in a statement, according to ABC News.

Huppenthal, the other defendant in the case, told ABC News that he was “not surprised by the ruling” and that it was “meaningless because the law is not likely to be enforced in the future.”

“The concern about what was going on in those classes was very real,” Huppenthal said, and added that he’s worried if “they crank up all that stuff of teaching students that Caucasians are oppressors of Hispanics.”

Whether a new MAS program will be implemented is unknown, but for now, people will celebrate this victory.

Click here to read Judge Tashima’s ruling.

READ: This Mexican-American Teacher Has Been Put On Leave For Comparing Trump To Hitler

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