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Congress’s ‘Historic’ Move Forces Trump to Condemn White Supremacy

On Thursday, Donald Trump signed a measure condemning last month’s violence in Charlottesville. It offers condolences for the deaths of two state troopers who died in a helicopter crash near the protest and Heather Heyer, who was killed when an alleged white supremacist slammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, injuring 19 others. It also labels that attack an act of domestic terrorism and rejects white supremacist and nationalist groups and their ideologies as counter to American values. It urges the president and his cabinet to use all their resources to address the threat these hate groups pose. The attorney general is called on to work with the Department of Homeland Security to investigate their violence, intimidation, and domestic terror and work with other law enforcement agencies to improve hate crime reporting.

In other words, it’s the Charlottesville response that many people wish Trump had made immediately, instead of a bizarre statement about violence on “many sides” that was condemned by Republicans and Democrats alike. This bipartisan measure, which passed unanimously through both chambers of Congress earlier this week, is an obvious rebuke to the president, who was still defending his original stance and talking about “bad dudes on the other side,” meaning the far left, hours before he signed the measure. …

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