In light of Trump’s post-Charlottesville remarks equating anti-Nazi protestors with Nazis themselves, Congress unanimously passed a joint resolution last night condemning white supremacy that they will bring to the president’s desk for his signature.
S.J.Res.49 – A joint resolution condemning the violence and domestic terrorist attack that took place during events between August 11 and August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia, recognizing the first responders who lost their lives while monitoring the events, offering deepest condolences to the families and friends of those individuals who were killed and deepest sympathies and support to those individuals who were injured by the violence, expressing support for the Charlottesville community, rejecting White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups, and urging the President and the President’s Cabinet to use all available resources to address the threats posed by those groups.
According to BuzzFeed today, the bill also “urges Attorney General Jeff Sessions to work with the Department of Homeland Security to investigate hate crimes and ‘improve’ reporting.”
Sadly, Sessions’ Department of Justice has been quietly rolling back enforcement of civil rights protections, making it necessary for the Congress to explicitly spell out their demands for the DOJ’s participation in preventing future violence along the lines of what happened in Charlottesville a month ago.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, whose constituents were directly affected by the Charlottesville violence, tweeted out his expectations of President Trump late this afternoon.
Tonight the House passed my resolution condemning hate groups & the Charlottesville attack. POTUS should send a clear message & sign it ASAP
— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) September 12, 2017
By passing the resolution quickly and unanimously, both sides of the aisle have forced Trump’s hand.
Lucia Brawley is a Harvard- and Yale-educated writer, producer, actor, and political organizer. She runs the progressive political Facebook group Consenting to Lead. To learn more, please go to luciabrawley.com.