Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Senate unanimously approves Warner, Kaine resolution condemning hate groups

Senate unanimously approves Warner, Kaine resolution condemning hate groups

"We hope that President Trump will move quickly to sign this resolution and commit his Administration to address the rise of hate groups".

The Senate has approved a resolution condemning white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other hate groups following a white-nationalist rally in Virginia that descended into deadly violence. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, and Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, in the Senate, and endorsed by a bipartisan group of senators.

The resolution was backed in the House by Virginia Reps.

The resolution expresses support for the Charlottesville community, while "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".

The resolution calls for the attorney general to cooperate with the Department of Homeland Security secretary to investigate "all acts of violence, intimidation and domestic terrorism" from far-right groups and monitor and improve the process of reporting hate crimes. Tom Garrett and Gerry Connolly with support from the entire Virginia House delegation.

Mr. Trump denounced "hatred, bigotry and violence - on many sides" and argued that numerous protesters who staged a torchlight march to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee from the University of Virginia campus were "very fine people".

Trump asserted there were good people on "both sides" of the Charlottesville rally and bemoaned rising efforts to remove Confederate monuments as an attack on America's "history and culture". Heyer was killed when James Fields rammed his auto into her and others on August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a white supremacist rally and counter-protest.

The authors of the legislation purposefully introduced it as a joint resolution, which is sent for a president's signature, rather than as a simple or concurrent resolution, which are not.

Lawmakers from Virginia said Congress spoke with "a unified voice" to unequivocally condemn the unrest, in which Heyer was killed.

A White House spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday evening on whether Trump intends to sign the resolution.

The resolution also formally condemns "the violence and domestic terrorist attack" that occurred last month during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., which left one counter-protester dead.

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