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.

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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.