Phoenix mayor asks Trump to delay rally after Charlottesville tragedy, especially if he plans Arpaio pardon
On Wednesday morning, President Trump announced that he will hold a campaign-style rally in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, next Tuesday, his first trip out West since his inauguration. On Wednesday evening, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton asked him to reconsider. "I am disappointed that President Trump has decided to hold a campaign rally as our nation is still healing from the tragic events in Charlottesville," Stanton wrote. "If President Trump is coming to Phoenix to announce a pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, then it will be clear that his true intent is to enflame emotions and further divide our nation. It is my hope that more sound judgment prevails and that he delays his visit."
— Greg Stanton (@MayorStanton) August 16, 2017
Trump told Fox News earlier this week that he is "seriously considering a pardon" for Arpaio, a supporter and anti-immigration stalwart who lost his bid for re-election as Maricopa County sheriff last year and was recently convicted of criminal contempt; at his scheduled Oct. 5 sentencing hearing, Arpaio, 85, could get up to six months in jail. Stanton said that the Phoenix Convention Center is a public space that anyone can rent, "and that includes the Trump campaign," adding that assuming sound judgment does not prevail, he and the Phoenix police department will be focused on "keeping everyone — those attending the rally, those expressing their First Amendment rights outside and the general public — safe." Peter Weber
The superhero extravaganza Batman v Superman was a monster hit at the box office this past weekend, but Jimmy Kimmel Live came up with a way to expand its reach beyond its action-loving fan base. The solution: Mixing the trailer for Batman v Superman with the one for the new Bridget Jones movie coming out in September. The Week's Scott Meslow has pointed out that most fights between good guys Batman and Superman are pretty contrived, but contested paternity is a pretty good plot device that future comics writers might want to keep in mind. In any case, if Batman & Superman Versus Bridget Jones ever actually made it to the theater, I'd buy a ticket. Watch the surprisingly seamless trailer below. Peter Weber