It’s Shameful that Lawmakers Have to Force Donald Trump to Formally Condemn White Supremacists

donald trump forced formally condemn white supremacists
It’s Shameful that Lawmakers Have to Force Donald Trump to Formally Condemn White Supremacists

It’s shameful that it may take a bipartisan resolution from the Congress to force Donald Trump to formally condemn white supremacists following the Charlottesville violence last month. Counter protester Heather Heyer was killed, 19 others injured, when a Nazi-sympathizer drove his car into a crowd.

The bipartisan resolution, which passed unanimously in the House and Senate, urges Trump to speak out against the white supremacist violence. It is the first formal response by Congress to the Charlottesville violence during a white supremacist march over the removal of the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced the resolution last week.  Warner tweeted: “Tonight the House passed my resolution condemning hate groups & the Charlottesville attack. POTUS should sign a clear message & sign it ASAP.”

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.”

Warner, along with Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) introduced the resolution last week, which cleared both chambers of Congress in the last 24 hours.

Donald Trump initially blamed the violence on both sides and even said there were some “very fine people” marching with the white supremacists. His statements were pathetic. World leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a far more forceful condemnation of the hate-fueled protests.