Should President Trump get credit for the resolution he just signed, or is it too little too late? On Thursday, Trump signed a resolution passed by Congress condemning white supremacists, Neo-Nazis and other hate groups.
“As Americans, we condemn the recent violence in Charlottesville and oppose hatred, bigotry, and racism in all forms,” Trump said in a statement. “No matter the color of our skin or our ethnic heritage, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God.”
The resolution was overwhelmingly approved by Congress this week; it honors the life of Heather Heyer. She was killed on August 12th when a car was driven into a group of demonstrators protesting against a white nationalist event in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The president took a significant amount of criticism when he condemned the bigotry and violence “on many sides.” The criticism intensified when he said that there were many good people on “both sides” of the rally that was planned to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee.
The Congressional resolution that was signed by Trump urges the White House administration to speak out against hate groups that promote racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and white supremacy. It also challenges the Justice Department and other federal agencies to “use all resources available” to improve the investigation of hate crimes and to “address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the United States.”
Trump made this statement in signing the resolution: “We are a Nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal. As one people, let us move forward to rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans.”
So what do you think? How should the public react to Trump’s endorsement of this bill?
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