Congress urges Trump to condemn Charlottseville violence, White supremacy

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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.

The resolution is seen as backlash from President Trump's ambiguous response to the violence in Charlottesville last August, in which a 32-year-old woman who was killed by a neo-Nazi who drove into a crowd of demonstrators.

The House on Tuesday unanimously approved a bipartisan joint resolution from Virginia lawmakers, and presented the resolution for Trump's signature, in an effort to secure a firmer denunciation of racist extremist, by the President.

Women visit a memorial at Fourth and Water streets on August 15 in Charlottesville, where Heather Heyer was killed when a vehicle rammed into a group of counterprotesters on August 12.

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 passed by unanimous consent today a resolution condemning white supremacist groups and calling on President Trump "to use all available resources to address the threats posed by those group".

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The Senate measure formally condemns "the violence and domestic terrorist attack" that occurred last month around a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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

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 do not.

It also calls on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to work the Department of Homeland Security to "thoroughly" investigate actions taken by white supremacist groups to determine if any criminal laws were broken in Charlottesvile. Mark R. Warner, D-VA, Sen.

Connolly suggested adding that Heyer was "a victim of domestic terrorism" who lost her life while "protesting against hate groups", according to language reviewed by The Post.