The House and Senate passed joint legislation that condemns the violence in Charlottesville and white supremacists at large.
The House and Senate passed joint legislation that condemns the violence in Charlottesville and white supremacists at large and asked President Trump to sign it.
It requests that the Trump administration combats hate groups and, according to Al Jazeera, asks that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, “investigate thoroughly all acts of violence, intimidation and domestic terrorism by white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, and associated groups."
Specifically mentioned in the legislation is the killing of 32-year-old Heather Heyer who died after a man drove into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.
Politico reached out to the White House regarding whether President Trump intends to sign the measure but did not receive a response prior to its Tuesday evening publication of the report.
In the days following the August 12 clashes between attendees of the ‘Unite the Right’ rally and counterprotesters, Trump made a number of comments about the incident, but, overall, they were not deemed by many as a satisfactory denunciation of the hate groups involved.
The Washington Post notes that rather than condemning the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other such groups involved, he assigned responsibility to “both sides” and asserted that among the white supremacists gathered were some “very fine people.”