No To White Supremacy Rally
October 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Congress has unanimously passed a resolution that condemns white supremacy and calls on the Trump administration to do more. The measure, which passed in the Senate on Monday, Sept 11 and in the House on Tuesday, Sept 12, was purposely introduced as a joint resolution, which requires the president’s signature, rather than a concurrent resolution, which does not.
The final version calls the killing of Heyer a “domestic terrorist attack,” and says that on August 11 “hundreds of torch-bearing White nationalists, White supremacists, Klansmen, and neo-Nazis chanted racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-immigrant slogans and violently engaged with counter-demonstrators.” (Draft language that criticized violent “counterprotesters” more explicitly, and condemned “intimidation, and violence by all groups — regardless of their political affiliation or political motivation” does not appear in the resolution.)
The legislation goes on to say that Congress “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.” There’s no mention of Trump’s response, but it urges the president and his administration to “speak out against hate groups that espouse racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and White supremacy,” and use all of his available resources to “address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the United States.”
It also calls on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to work with other federal officials to thoroughly investigate acts of violence and intimidation committed by white-supremacist groups, and to “improve the reporting of hate crimes” and the federal collection of data on such incidents. (Many federal agencies fail to report hate crimes to the FBI’s national database, and the Trump administration recently cut federal funding for several groups fighting right-wing violence.)
On Tuesday night, Democratic senator Mark Warner urged President Trump to sign the joint resolution:
It’s hard to see why Trump wouldn’t sign, since the resolution doesn’t explicitly condemn his previous remarks or require his administration to take action. But as we learned last month, the president’s immediate and unequivocal condemnation of racist groups is no longer a given.