Joint Resolution Condemning Hate Groups Receives Unanimous Support in Senate

Lester Mason
September 13, 2017

The joint resolution will now be sent to President Trump's desk to be signed by the man who supported and defended neo-Nazis and white supremacists after one of them murdered an innocent person.

"It's going to be very hard for this president to lead if, in fact, his moral authority remains compromised", Scott said on CBS' Face the Nation in mid-August.

The resolution "rejects 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".

But one day later Trump was defiant and returned to his previous stance, saying both the protesters and counter-protesters were to blame.

Prompted by the violence and domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Va., on August 11 and 12, 2017, the U.S. Senate yesterday, September 11, unanimously approved a bipartisan resolution introduced by U.S. Sens. The Senate also passed the resolution unanimously on Monday night. Cory Gardner of Colorado, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Johnny Isakson of Georgia -used a mechanism that mandates the president's signature on the resolution.

The joint resolution (S. J. Res. 49) also calls upon the Trump Administration to use all available resources to improve data collection on hate crimes and to work in a coordinated way to address the growing prevalence of hate groups.

Trump asserted there were good people on "both sides" of the Charlottesville rally and bemoaned rising efforts to remove Confederate monuments as an attack on America's "history and culture", drawing widespread condemnation.

The resolution will go to the House next, where identical language has been introduced.

The resolution formally condemns "the racist violence and domestic terrorist attack" in Charlottesville, where a vehicle suspected of being driven by a white supremacist sympathizer rammed into a auto full of counter-demonstrators. Tom Garrett (R-VA-5) and Gerald Connolly (D-VA-11) with support from the entire Virginia House delegation.

"The first thing it's going to do is give some real comfort for these families", said Kaine, referring to the deaths of a counterprotester and two Virginia State Police troopers who had been patrolling the rally in a helicopter that later crashed.

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