Congress approves measure condemning Charlottesville violence, white nationalists

Cheryl Sanders
September 13, 2017

Trump was roundly criticized by lawmakers of both parties last month after he blamed "both sides" for the August 12 violence that resulted in the death of counterprotester Heather Heyer, as well as his suggestion that some "very fine people" were among the white-nationalist marchers.

The resolution expresses support for the Charlottesville community, while "rejecting white nationalists, white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other hate groups, and urging the president and the president's cabinet to use all available resources to address the threats posed by those groups".

During the rally, a man with links to a white supremacists group rammed his vehicle into a crowd of anti-racist protesters, killing a 32-year-old Heather Heyer. The resolution specifically describes that event as a "domestic terrorist attack".

The President took nearly 48 hours to speak out against the neo-Nazis, white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan, who were all present in Charlottesville on that day.

The House version was introduced by Reps. Tom Garrett and Gerry Connolly, with support from the entire Virginia House delegation.

The resolution calls for the attorney general to cooperate with the Department of Homeland Security secretary to investigate "all acts of violence, intimidation and domestic terrorism" from far-right groups and monitor and improve the process of reporting hate crimes. If the House of Representatives adopts it as well, the joint resolution will be sent to President Trump for his signature.

The resolution, unanimously approved by the Senate Monday, now goes to President Trump desk for his approval.

The measure recognises and offers condolences for the deaths of Heyer and two emergency responders killed in a helicopter crash while monitoring the rally, as well as 19 people injured in the violence. "We wouldn't have had to add in that point had he not demonstrated this moral equivocation at the time, but I think it would be a really good thing". "The United States Congress has spoken up with one voice to recognize the lives of those we lost, to unconditionally condemn racist speech and violence, and to denounce the white nationalists, neo-Nazis, the KKK, and other hate groups", said the Senators in a statement sent to PoliticusUSA upon the passing of the joint resolution.

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