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Trump holds rally in ARIZONA

During a rally Tuesday night in Phoenix, President Donald Trump defended his earlier comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Va., surrounding a rally organized by white supremacists and accused the media of mischaracterizing his response.

Reuters reported

Under fire for saying "both sides" were to blame for the violence between white supremacists and left-wing counter protesters in Virginia on Aug. 12, Trump accused television networks of ignoring his calls for unity in the aftermath.

"I didn't say I love you because you're black, or I love you because you're white," Trump said. "I love all the people of our country."

Trump repeatedly singled out the U.S. news media for criticism of how they covered the violence in the Virginia college town of Charlottesville and the political fallout.

Outside the rally, protesters yelled "Shame, shame, shame," and "No Trump, No KKK, No fascist USA," according to Reuters. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, a Democrat, had unsuccessfully called on Trump to delay Tuesday's event, saying in a statement last week on Twitter that "our nation is still healing from the tragic events in Charlottesville."

Outside the convention center where Trump spoke, police used pepper spray to disperse crowds after protesters threw bottles and rocks, Reuters reported.

Earlier in the day, the president visited a border protection facility in Yuma, Ariz., a city along the U.S.-Mexican border. Trump has struggled to convince lawmakers to approve funding for a wall he wants to build along the border. During the rally Tuesday, Trump threatened to shut down the government over funding for the border wall.


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Darla Slipke

Darla Slipke is an enterprise reporter for The Oklahoman. She is a native of Bristol, Conn., and a graduate of the University of Kansas. Slipke worked for newspapers in Kansas, Connecticut, North Carolina and Oklahoma, including a previous... Read more ›