Trump Signs Resolution Condemning Charlottesville Violence, Supremacists

Pauline Gross
September 16, 2017

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a congressional joint resolution condemning last month's violence in Charlottesville, Va., and white supremacy in general.

While urging Trump to "speak out against the hate groups that espouse racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and White supremacy", the resolution also honored an anti-racism protester, who was killed after a neo-Nazi sympathizer intentionally drove a auto into a crowd on August 12 in downtown Charlottesville, a historic college town.

The resolution denounces a litany of hate groups and honors Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old counter-protester who was killed during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

"You know, there are also many bad guys on the other side", the president told reporters aboard Airforce 1, prompting new criticism that he did not adequately condemn the language of hatred. But the president repeated his controversial position after meeting with South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, the lone African-American Senate Republican who publicly criticized Trump's rhetoric.

On Thursday, after his meeting with Senator Scott, one of a series of questions posed to President Trump during a Q & A session with reporters aboard Air Force One had to do with his earlier comments on Charlottesville.

A statement from Scott's office said the Antifa movement should be condemned but argued there is no realistic comparison with white supremacists.

"Now because of what's happened since then, with antifa, you look at really what's happened since Charlottesville - a lot of people are saying - in fact, a lot of people have actually written, 'Gee, Trump might have a point'".

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People immediately called the president out on social media for signing the resolution to condemn hate groups at Charlottesville after again shielding them from full blame for the violence. "And essentially that's what I said".

Trump said Scott presented legislation he was working on to help create jobs and put people to work, which Trump said he supported.

That remark, Scott said, compromised Trump's moral authority as president.

Some in Trump's own administration, such as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, also seemed dissatisfied with Trump's comments.

He's also calling on Americans to "rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together". Scott was invited to the White House on Wednesday to discuss Trump's Charlottesville response as well as issues impacting minority communities.

Perhaps the White House could offer some clarity on this.

This came as several athletes, activists and celebrities signed a letter of support for Bennett.

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