Evangelicals urge Trump to take steps against 'alt-right'
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A group of evangelical pastors and faith leaders is urging President TrumpDonald John TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest MORE to more explicitly condemn white supremacists following last month's deadly protest in Charlottesville, Va.

In a letter reported by CNN on Thursday, the evangelical Christian leaders ask that Trump condemn white supremacist groups "by name," even after the president signed a resolution from Congress formally condemning violence and hate groups at the rally.

While pastors praised Trump for his "words expressing the profound solidarity of the American people regardless of skin color or ethnic heritage," they asked that the president also move to call out the self-described alt-right movement of white nationalists.


"This movement has escaped your disapproval," the letter states. "We believe it is important for this movement to be addressed, for at its core it is a white identity movement and the majority of its members are white nationalists or white supremacists. This movement gained public prominence during your candidacy for President of the United States." 

Trump was roundly criticized for his original remarks after the violence in Charlottesville that claimed the life of one counterprotester, in which he said that there were "some very fine people" on both sides of the demonstration involving neo-Nazis and members of the Ku Klux Klan.

The letter was drafted by Texas Rev. Dwight McKissic and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Dean Keith Whitfield.

CNN noted that no members of Trump's Evangelical Advisory Board had signed the letter.

"Our country desperately needs unifying leadership again," the letter implores Trump. "We need you, President Trump, to lead us in such an effort. America needs your voice and your convictions to defeat racist ideologies and movements in every form that they present themselves. America is profoundly fractured and divided. We can envision the change that could emerge if you would provide moral leadership we so desperately need for racial healing."