Ahead of Pence’s Visit, Arizona Democrats and Community Leaders Blasted the Trump-Pence Ticket’s Divisiveness

Yesterday, ahead of Mike Pence’s visit to Mesa, local Democrats and community leaders held a press conference to send a clear message: we cannot afford to have Donald Trump and Mike Pence anywhere near the White House. Simply put, their campaign has been full of nothing but hateful and divisive rhetoric, as evidenced by their continued refusal to apologize for peddling the birther conspiracy and how Trump surrogate Joe Arpaio told a Tea Party group just this week that he will still be investigating President Obama’s birth certificate. What our country needs is real leaders like Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, who know that we’re stronger together.   

See below for coverage of our press conference:

KPNX (NBC): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwrkZC8jXRw&feature=youtu.be

KNXV (ABC): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGW5Hirc-lc&feature=youtu.be

KAET (PBS): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdoGlkrg8Xc&feature=youtu.be

KTAZ (Telemundo): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR3C01Ov2rE&feature=youtu.be

KTAZ (Telemundo): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP1Sc3CzVoc&feature=youtu.be


Vice-Presidential Nominee Mike Pence Buffs Donald Trump's Image at Mesa Megachurch


Earlier in the day, during a press conference at Arizona Democratic Party Headquarters, a group of community leaders including State Representative Reginald Bolding and Lawrence Robinson, a governing board member for the Roosevelt Elementary School District, painted a very different picture of the Trump–Pence ticket.

Robinson called the pair's policies "prejudiced" against minorities, including the African-American, Latino, LGBT, and disabled communities.

Trump is pushing to expand New York's controversial "Stop and Frisk" program, which allows police to temporarily detain and pat down suspicious-looking citizens. A federal judge ruled in 2013 that it unlawfully targeted blacks and Latinos, although it was not banned outright.

Pence, meanwhile, has been advocating to divert tax dollars to conversion therapy, a psychological or spiritual counseling method designed to change a person's sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual that many believe to be harmful. 

"We haven't forgotten about what they really stand for," Robinson said. "Plain bigotry."