New Hampshire Congresswoman Introduces Censure Letter Against President Donald Trump

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New Hampshire Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) introduced a censure resolution in the House of Representatives against President Donald trump for his comments blaming “both sides” for the incident in Charlottesville, VA.

“The United State Congress must formally condemn President Trump for his disgraceful comments about Charlottesville and his failure to clearly repudiate white nationalism,” Shea-Porter said.

The resolution condemns the President for failing to immediately and specifically name and condemn the white supremacist, Ku Klux Klan, and neo-Nazi groups responsible for actions of domestic terrorism in Charlottesville over the weekend, according to an email from Shea-Porter’s office. 

The resolution was co-sponsored by 79 members of Congress, including Joe Crowley (D-NY), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Greg Meeks (D-NY), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Jose Serrano (D-NY), Grace Meng (D-NY), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Brian Higgins (D-NY), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), and more.

You can read the full resolution below:

H. RES. __
 
Censuring and condemning President Donald Trump.
 
115th CONGRESS
1st Session
 
August 18, 2017
 
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 
Mr. NADLER, Ms. WATSON COLEMAN, and Ms. JAYAPAL submitted the following resolution, which was referred to the Committee on _______;

RESOLUTION
 
Censuring and condemning President Donald Trump.
 
Whereas on August 11, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, a gathering of white supremacists, including neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members, and other white nationalist groups, marched through the streets with torches as part of a coordinated ‘Unite the Right’ rally spewing racism, anti-Semitism, bigotry and hatred;
 
Whereas on August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, a car driven by James Alex Fields, Jr. rammed into a crowd of counter-protestors, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 20 others;
 
Whereas President Donald Trump’s immediate public comments rebuked “many sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and failed to specifically condemn the ‘Unite the Right’ rally or cite the white supremacist, neo-Nazi gathering as responsible for actions of domestic terrorism;
 
Whereas on August 15, 2017 President Donald Trump held a press conference at Trump Tower where he re-asserted that “both sides” were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and attempted to create a moral equivalency between white supremacist, KKK, neo-Nazi groups and those counter-protesting the ‘Unite the Right’ rally;
 
Whereas President Donald Trump has surrounded himself with, and cultivated the influence of, senior advisors and spokespeople who have long histories of promoting white nationalist, racist and anti-Semitic principles and policies within the country;
 
Whereas President Donald Trump has provided encouragement and little to no denunciation of white supremacist groups and individuals who promote their bigoted, nationalist ideology and policies;
 
Whereas President Donald Trump has failed to provide adequate condemnation and assure the American people of his resolve to opposing domestic terrorism: Now, therefore, be it
 
Resolved, That the House of Representatives—
 
(1)   does hereby censure and condemn President Donald Trump for his inadequate response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017, his failure to immediately and specifically name and condemn the white supremacist groups responsible for actions of domestic terrorism, for re-asserting that “both sides” were to blame and excusing the violent behavior of participants in the ‘Unite the Right’ rally, and for employing people with ties to white supremacist movements in the White House, such as Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka; and
 
(2)   does hereby urge President Donald Trump to fire any and all White House advisors who have urged him to cater to the white supremacist movement in the United States.

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