By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, | Arizona Republic
President Donald Trump’s campaign manager was in Arizona Thursday to meet with the volunteers who aim to help the president survive his re-election next year after near-certain impeachment by House Democrats.
Brad Parscale visited the Arizona Republican Party’s headquarters in central Phoenix just hours after the House Intelligence Committee closed its marathon impeachment proceedings into whether Trump pressured Ukraine officials to investigate his political rival Joe Biden, and his son, ahead of the 2020 election.
While House Republicans and conservative groups have been defending Trump on cable TV and social media, local Republicans and the Trump campaign were revving up an army of volunteers to hit neighborhoods in Phoenix and Tucson and their suburbs to defend the president’s hold on battleground Arizona.
In Arizona, Parscale downplayed the impeachment proceedings as a politically motivated sideshow while working to motivate the 100 or so local Republicans who gathered for a get-out-the-vote field effort, dubbed the Trump Victory Leadership Initiative training.