Congress approves measure condemning Charlottesville violence, white nationalists

US Senate approves resolution condemning white supremacist groups

Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution Condemning White Supremacists

Congress has backed a resolution condemning white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other hate groups following a white-nationalist rally in Virginia that descended into deadly violence.

The nonbinding measure specifically singles out for condemnation "White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups".

The bill now heads to Trump's desk to sign, after it passed the House unanimously on Tuesday evening.

In addition to noting the deaths of Heather Heyer, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, the resolution recognizes "several other individuals who were injured in separate attacks while standing up to hate and intolerance".

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".

The Senate resolution, which gained notable bipartisan support, including from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA), also has the support of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Anti-Defamation League and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

The joint resolution - spearheaded by Democratic Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) had 54 co-sponsors, including 45 Democrats, seven Republicans and two independents.

Trump's response to the events in Charlottesville was met with bipartisan backlash. Reps. Tom Garrett, R-Virginia, and Gerry Connolly, D-Virginia, introduced the measure in the House.

Representatives for the White House did not respond immediately to an email seeking comment.

The resolution calls on Trump to "speak out against hate groups that espouse racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and White supremacy" and also "use all resources available to the President and the President's Cabinet to address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the United States".

It also urges Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate acts of violence and intimidation by white nationalists, neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and similar groups. The resolution specifically describes that event as a "domestic terrorist attack".

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