After Charlottesville, there became an even more urgent need for Congress to do something about the breeding ground for hate this country has become. The Senate was hard at work on Monday tackling one of the most important issues that exists right now — the surge of white supremacist groups in this country.
On Monday night, the senate easily passed a resolution condemning white supremacist organizations, and urging President Trump to speak out against hate groups. Last week, the resolution was introduced by Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) and it unanimously passed out of the upper chamber.
The resolution officially condemns the “violence and terrorist attack” that happened in Charlottesville in August, and also urges Trump and his administration to push back against hate groups. The resolution calls upon Trump and his Cabinet to “address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the United States.”
According to MSN News:
‘Senators want Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Homeland Security to 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.”‘
Effortlessly, and miraculously, the resolution obtained the support of 55 senators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and then went on to pass the Senate.
Trump was strongly criticized for his response to the violence and hate that occurred in Charlottesville last month. The president basically equated the white nationalist groups with the counter protesters when he said there were “very fine people” on both sides. The Charlottesville rally was created in protest of a Charlottesville City Council’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The event turned deadly when a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters, killing 32 year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others.
A few people were quick to tweet about the resolution.
This is definitely some good news coming from Congress, and many people await Trump and his staff’s reaction to the urgent and much-needed legislation. What will be their next steps for helping to erode white supremacy?
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