Congress approves measure condemning Charlottesville violence, white nationalists

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2017

The House, as early as Tuesday evening, is expected to approve a resolution condemning the violence at the white nationalist rally in Virginia last month and urging President Trump to speak out against racist hate groups.

The measure calls President Donald Trump and the members of his administration to "use all available resources to address the threats posed by those groups" and offers lawmakers' condolences and sympathies to the family members of those killed and those injured during the outburst of violence at the rally.

According to the resolution, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Homeland Security should investigate "all acts of violence, intimidation and domestic terrorism" by white supremacists, white nationalists or associated groups and prevent them "from fomenting and facilitating additional violence".

During the August recess, Virginia's House delegation was split over who was to blame for the deadly clashes and whether to criticize President Trump's initial failure to denounce hate groups by name.

The President took nearly 48 hours to speak out against the neo-Nazis, white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan, who were all present in Charlottesville on that day.

The resolution passed the Senate without dissent on Monday and was approved without objection by the entire House on Tuesday night.

Trump alienated fellow Republicans, corporate leaders and United States 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. James Alex Fields, a 20-year-old OH man who authorities say drove into Heyer and other protesters, has been charged with second-degree murder and other criminal counts.

Trump blamed "both sides" for the violence, and later suggested there were many nice people on both sides, including white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

White nationalists had gathered in Charlottesville to protest against the planned removal of a statue of Robert E Lee, who led the pro-slavery Confederacy's army during the US Civil War.

Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine of Virginia introduced the measure along with four colleagues from both parties.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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