Trump withdrew from his suit pocket the written statement he'd read the day Heather Heyer was killed by a man who'd ploughed a vehicle through counter-protesters, but he skipped over his trouble-causing observation that "many sides" were to blame for the incident.
But the "who is most discriminated against" data suggests that the line between the white supremacists who were chanting "You will not replace us" in Charlottesville two weeks ago and the hardcore Trump voters who believe themselves to be the victims of some sort of persecution for being white Christians is getting fuzzier.
Mayor Greg Stanton, who also spoke at the news conference, said that the police had attempted to allow people on the streets of downtown Phoenix to protest peacefully, and that there had been no serious injuries.
"If you're reading a story about somebody, you don't know", he said during the Phoenix rally. 56% of respondents disapprove the president - the worst net rating he has posted since entering the White House.
And Flake suggested that Trump's tone in public statements makes bipartisanship more hard: "We've got to work with our colleagues across the aisles and tone works a lot then". "Was Sheriff Joe convicted for doing his job?" he asked.
"It makes me sad to have to be out here", Ruiz, tearing up, told CNN.
I'm just going to speak from the heart here.
"When you support or endorse someone, you usually use their name - not that, 'I will support the nominee.' It would be nice to say, 'I will support Trump, '" said Arpaio. Arpaio was one of his top supporters and, like Trump, a huge opponent of illegal immigration. "Sheriff Joe can feel good".
Along the way, he stopped to brag about the policy agenda on which his Congress is making no progress, threatened to shut down the government if the border wall goes unfunded, and said the United States was likely to withdraw altogether from the North American Free Trade Agreement days after his negotiators began talks to rewrite the deal. He then added that the Democrats were putting the country at a security risk by not supporting his Mexico border wall. Trump also did not name Flake, who has openly scorned the president, but said Arizona's "other senator" is weak on crime and borders.
The President spent about 20 minutes ripping in to the media, saying his much-pilloried response to Charlottesville was all the fault of what he called very dishonest journalists - even mocking a respected news anchor's height.
He was an outsider, not a politician, and it brought a lot of people to the polls to get Trump into the White House.
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