This week, the U.S. Congress finally sent to the White House a resolution condemning last month’s violence at the white nationalist rally in Virginia. Also, President Donald Trump was urged to speak out against specific racist groups, promoting hate.
According to The Washington Post, the legislation passed in the Senate on Monday, as well as in the House on Tuesday, and it’s expected to be presented to Trump, in order to sign it.
Donald Trump is still not reacting properly
This resolution is another effort of the lawmakers in their attempt to obtain a denunciation of racist extremism from the president.
Right after the unfortunate event from Charlottesville, the president was highly criticized for blaming “both sides” for the violence, which resulted in the death of one person. Trump also claimed that some “very fine people” were among the white-nationalist protesters, a declaration which created way more tension than needed.
The final version of the resolution manages to overcome differences between Republicans and Democrats, in terms of characterizing the events and whether to explicitly criticize Donald Trump’s stance.
The death of Heather Heyer, a counter protester, is called a “domestic terrorist attack”, while “White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups” are denounced, as well as anti-fascist counterprotesting groups.
The legislation was introduced to the Congress as a joint resolution, rather than a simple or concurrent resolution.
Why is he keeping silent?
The main purpose of this act is to make Donald Trump condemn hate groups which promote extremism, racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and White supremacy. Also, he is required to “use all resources available to the President and the President’s Cabinet to address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the United States.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions wasn’t ignore either, as he is requested 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”, as well as “improve the reporting of hate crimes” to the Federal Bureau of Investigations.