The House of Representatives just unanimously approved a resolution condemning white supremacy and the violent Chartlottesville rally that killed one counter-protester and injured many more. The resolution will now go straight to President Trump’s desk, forcing him to make a definitive choice about whether to condemn the group.
Trump was heavily criticized for saying that “many sides” were to blame and that there were “some very fine people on both sides.” Trump now has to decide if he will sign a resolution which explicitly blames the neo-Nazi white supremacists and honors the counter-protesting victims.
The resolution formally denounces “the racist violence and domestic terrorist attack” in Charlottesville and encourages the Trump administration to “use all available resources to address the threats posed by those groups” and to “address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the United States.” The measure also officially labels white supremacy and neo-Nazism as “hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States.”
Mark Warner (D-VA), along with Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) introduced the resolution last week, which cleared both chambers of Congress in the last 24 hours.
Proud our #Charlottesville res unanimously passed Senate tonight. One step closer to formally recognizing the lives lost & condemning hate
— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) September 12, 2017
Tonight the House passed my resolution condemning hate groups & the Charlottesville attack. POTUS should send a clear message & sign it ASAP
— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) September 12, 2017
Last night, the Senate unanimously passed S.J.Res.49, that I helped introduce in response to Charlottesville: https://t.co/goQ54ldsyq.
— Johnny Isakson (@SenatorIsakson) September 12, 2017