Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Temperatures and tempers ran hot as President Trump prepared to hold a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on Tuesday evening. Crowds of Trump supporters and protesters feuded in the triple-digit heat outside the event, while many wondered whether the president would launch an attack on his critics inside the Republican Party.

Police attempted to keep Trump’s fans away from the protesters, many of whom carried signs that criticized the president’s response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month. The dueling crowds did taunt each other across fences and, at times, the lines were crossed. At one point, a group of protesters carrying a sign that declared “F*** Trump” and one that blended the presidential “45” with a Nazi swastika walked alongside the long line of the president’s supporters. The anti-Trump contingent drew an angry response from the president’s supporters, who stretched in long lines around the building that reportedly included some Trump fans who waited outside since Monday night.

“Get back on the other side!” shouted one of the Trump supporters.

“Get a job!” yelled another.

The Trump supporters cheered as a loud roar of motorcycles erupted from a nearby street.

“That’s Bikers for Trump!” one said, referencing a group of motorcyclists that formed during last year’s election to provide security for pro-Trump events.

Many of the protesters in Phoenix chanted “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!” Some also carried photos of Heather Heyer, a young woman who was killed at a right wing rally in Charlottesville when a neo-Nazi sympathizer drove his car into a crowd of protesters. Two police officers were also killed after their helicopter crashed as they attempted to respond to clashes between the right-wing rallygoers and protesters.

Trump was widely criticized for his responses to the chaos in Charlottesville as he blamed “both sides” for the violence rather than focusing on the white supremacists who came to the rally. The president also empathized with the rally attendees concern about the removal of Confederate monuments.

The crowds outside Trump’s Phoenix rally also included several groups taking advantage of Arizona’s “open carry” laws and brandishing rifles. One group of camouflage-clad men armed with assault rifles repeatedly said “no comment” as Yahoo News asked them why they came to the rally. Another group with guns and camp had signs identifying them as the John Brown Gun Club. One of the members offered a quick explanation of their presence.  READ MORE by Hunter Walker/Yahoo News >>>

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Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Police use pepper spray to break up protesters gathered outside of the Phoenix, Arizona, Convention Center where US President Donald Trump spoke at a “Make America Great Again” rally on August 22, 2017. (Laura Segall/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

A screengrab from video of police firing pepper spray to disperse the demonstartors outside of the Donald Trump campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. August 22, 2017. (Hunter Walker/Yahoo News)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Protesters leave the scene after Phoenix police used pepper spray outside the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. Protests were held against President Donald Trump as he hosted a rally inside the convention center. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Police use pepper spray to break up protesters gathered outside of the Phoenix, Arizona, Convention Center where US President Donald Trump spoke at a “Make America Great Again” rally on August 22, 2017. (Laura Segall/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Pro-Trump supporters face off with peace activists during protests outside a Donald Trump campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. August 22, 2017. (Sandy Huffaker/Reuters)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Police use pepper spray to break up protesters gathered outside of the Phoenix, Arizona, Convention Center where US President Donald Trump spoke at a “Make America Great Again” rally on August 22, 2017. (Laura Segall/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Protesters raise their hands after Phoenix police used pepper spray outside the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. Protests were held against President Trump as he hosted a rally inside the convention center. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Pro-Trump supporters face off with peace activists during protests outside a Donald Trump campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. August 22, 2017. (Sandy Huffaker/Reuters)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Pepper spray engulfs protesters outside the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. Protests were held against President Donald Trump as he hosted a rally inside the convention center. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Pro-Trump supporters face off with peace activists during protests outside a Donald Trump campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. August 22, 2017. (Sandy Huffaker/Reuters)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Pro-Trump supporters face off with peace activists during protests outside a Donald Trump campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. August 22, 2017. (Sandy Huffaker/Reuters)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Jarvis Johnson and “Bikers For Trump” founder Chris Cox argue outside of President Trump’s rally in Phoenix, Arizona on August 22, 2017. (Hunter Walker/Yahoo News)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

A protester wears a costume likeness of Sheriff Joe Arpaio as a member of the KKK with a characture picture of President Trump outside the Phoenix Convention Center at a rally by President Donald Trump on August 22, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Trump supporters and protesters face off from across the street in front of the Phoenix Convention Center as President Donald Trump holds a rally at the convention center on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

A man standing in line to enter a rally by President Donald Trump carries a sign outside the Phoenix Convention Center on August 22, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

A sign outside the Phoenix Convention Center declares items that are prohibited inside as anti-Trump protesters gather outside a rally by President Donald Trump on August 22, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Pro Trump supporters face off with peace activists during protests outside a Donald Trump campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. August 22, 2017. (Sandy Huffaker/Reuters)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Protesters outside the Phoenix Convention Center hold up anti-U.S. President Donald Trump signs and shout back at Trump supporters waiting to enter a rally held by Trump on August 22, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Peace activists rally outside of a Donald Trump campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. August 22, 2017. (Sandy Huffaker/Reuters)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

People protest outside the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. Protests were held against President Donald Trump as planned to host a rally inside the convention center. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Peace activists rally outside of a Donald Trump campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. August 22, 2017. (Sandy Huffaker/Reuters)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Demonstrators and supporters gather outside the Phoenix, Arizona, Convention Center where US President Donald Trump will be speaking at a “Make America Great Again” rally on August 22, 2017. (Laura Segall/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Protesters outside the Phoenix Convention Center hold up signs and shout back at President Donald Trump supporters waiting to enter a rally by Trump on August 22, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Demonstrators gather outside the Phoenix, Arizona, Convention Center where US President Donald Trump will be speaking at a “Make America Great Again” rally on August 22, 2017. (Laura Segall/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Members of the John Brown Gun Club and Redneck Revolt protest outside the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. Protests were held against President Trump as he hosted a rally inside the convention center. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Peace activists rally outside of a Donald Trump campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. August 22, 2017. (Sandy Huffaker/Reuters)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Anti-President Donald Trump demonstrators hold a painting of Russian president Vladimir Putin and Trump outside the Phoenix Convention Center before a rally by Trump on August 22, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Demonstrators gather outside the Phoenix, Arizona, Convention Center where US President Donald Trump will be speaking at a “Make America Great Again” rally on August 22, 2017. (Laura Segall/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

Demonstrators gather outside the Phoenix, Arizona, Convention Center to protest US President Donald Trump speaking at a “Make America Great Again” rally on August 22, 2017. (Laura Segall/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

A supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump calls out in support of the president as he waits in line to enter a Trump rally on August 22, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

People protest outside the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. Protests were held against President Trump as he hosted a rally inside the convention center. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides

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