Senators to introduce resolution condemning white supremacist groups

Senators to introduce resolution condemning white supremacist groups

A bipartisan group of senators will introduce a resolution Wednesday condemning white supremacist groups and calling on President Trump to confront threats from hate groups in the wake of violence last month in Charlottesville, Va.

Sens. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerTech beefs up lobbying amid Russia scrutiny Overnight Tech: Senate Dems want FCC chief recused from Sinclair merger | Tech rallies on Capitol Hill for DACA | Facebook beefs up lobbying ranks Facebook adds two lobbyists amid Russia probe MORE (D-Va.), Johnny IsaksonJohn (Johnny) Hardy IsaksonQuestions loom over Franken ethics probe Senate ethics panel resumes Menendez probe after judge declares mistrial Signs of progress, challenges in fighting Alzheimer's MORE (R-Ga.), Tim KaineTimothy Michael KaineBooker tries to find the right lane  Democrats scramble to contain Franken fallout  GOP campaign committees call on Democrats to return Franken donations MORE (D-Va.) and Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSenate GOP running out of options to stop Moore Republicans see rising Dem odds in Alabama Cybersecurity pros take first peek at once secretive process behind US hacking toolkit MORE (R-Colo.) will introduce the resolution, which has the backing of the Anti-Defamation League, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

The resolution condemns hate groups, including white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan, while calling on Trump and the administration to “speak out against hate groups that espouse racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and White supremacy.”

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The resolution also calls on Trump to utilize resources to “address the growing prevalence” of hate groups in the United States while specifically labeling the car attack at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last month a “domestic terrorist attack.”

It also acknowledges Heather Heyer, the woman who died when a suspect drove his car into counterprotesters at the Charlottesville rally, as well as the two Virginia State Police officers killed in a helicopter crash while they were aiding officials.

Trump has received bipartisan criticism for his response to the violence at the rally, which was meant to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

While the president initially condemned the violence in Charlottesville, on two separate occasions he blamed “many sides” and “both sides” for the violence.