Congress has formally asked Donald Trump to condemn white supremacists and speak out against them in a bipartisan resolution that is now sitting on his desk theHill has reported.
To put it another way, Congress was just forced to draft legislation in order to get the president to stop acting like a racist.
Congress is specifically asking Trump to speak out against racism due to the events in Charlottesville that shocked the nation and the world. In a series of utterly awful events, white supremacists all over the U.S. celebrated on social media after a young woman was killed.
They were happy because their president supports their cause.
Congress is finally taking action, but this is a bittersweet victory if ever there was one. We should not have a president who needs to be asked to speak out against white supremacists. America deserves so much better than this.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) tweeted about the resolution this week. “Tonight the House passed my resolution condemning hate groups & the Charlottesville attack. POTUS should sign a clear message & sign it ASAP,” he said.
The formal resolution condemns “racist violence” in Charlottesville, and the “domestic terrorist attack” in which one man, alleged to be a white supremacist, drove a vehicle into a crowd of pedestrian traffic.
One woman, aged 32, was killed in this event. More than a dozen others were injured.
The resolution condemns “white nationalism, white supremacy and neo-Nazism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States.”
It also urges Trump and his administration to publicly speak out against white supremacy, but it also asks for something more: for Trump to “use all resources available” to improve data collection on hate crimes.
It also asks for the Trump administration to “address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the United States.”
Donald Trump showed his truth to the world when he publicly stepped forward and blamed violence “on both sides” in Charlottesville, then went on to a whole new level to say that there were “some very fine people on both sides.”
No. One of those sides was marching around a public park, chanting the same slogans used by Hitler’s Nazi party in the 1940s. They were screaming about white dominance and standing together against all people of color, Jews, Muslims and anyone who isn’t one of them.
That side was populated by members of the KKK, neo-Nazis and those who would oppress others and oppose their simple rights to very basic freedoms.
There can be no argument: there were no “fine people” on that side. There are no fine people or good people on that side, period.
Those people are all wrong, and they need to change.
And we should not have to tell the president that. The president of the United States should already know that.
The resolution, also written by Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), passed both chambers of Congress in the last 24 hours. Now it’s Donald Trump’s turn to look at the resolution. What do you think he’ll do with it?
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