US Congress urges Trump to condemn white supremacists

Prompted by the violence and domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Va., on August 11 and 12, 2017, the U.S. Senate today unanimously approved a bipartisan resolution introduced by U.S. Sens.

Two House aides not authorized to speak publicly about legislative scheduling confirmed plans for a voice vote Tuesday.

The Congressional resolution calls on Trump to condemn hate groups and what it describes as the growing prevalence of extremists who support anti-Semitism, xenophobia and white supremacy.

The bill now heads to Trump's desk to sign, after it passed the House unanimously on Tuesday evening.

The bipartisan resolution recognized the death of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old counter protester, who was killed by a auto driven by an alleged neo-Nazi sympathizer, who injured an additional 19 individuals with his vehicle.

Trump was widely criticized after he attributed the fault for violence to "both sides", and suggested that some "very fine people" were among the white-nationalist marchers.

Trump alienated fellow Republicans, corporate leaders and USA allies and rattled markets last month with comments about the violence in Charlottesville, where white nationalists and neo-Nazis clashed with anti-racism activists on August 12th.

The resolution introduced last week by Sen.

Congress is pushing President Trump to take a stand against white supremacists and commit his administration's resources to combating hate crimes. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, and Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, in the Senate, and endorsed by a bipartisan group of senators. Tom Garrett and Gerry Connolly with support from the entire Virginia House delegation. It calls on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Homeland Security to "investigate thoroughly all acts of violence, intimidation, and domestic terrorism by White supremacists, White nationalists, neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, and associated groups in order to determine if any criminal laws have been violated and to prevent those groups from fomenting and facilitating additional 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".

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