The lower house of the California legislature wants to force President Trump “to publicly apologize to all Americans for his racist and bigoted behavior” after his comments regarding “both sides” being to blame for the violence that killed one woman during a rally opposing the removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Va. last month.
On Friday night, California lawmakers voted on a resolution urging Congress to formally censure President Trump.
“California sent a strong message to President Trump, and the rest of the nation, that we will no longer tolerate his behavior,” California Assembly member Tony Thurmond said in a statement.
The measure urges other state legislatures to join it in condemning Trump, who was widely criticized for suggesting that the violent response of Antifa and Black Lives Matter groups was just as much to blame as the group of white nationalists for the trouble that ensued.
Trump absolutely did condemn the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who showed up at the rally, but that was not good enough for the rabid media and their Democrats cohorts who are looking for anything they can to further the narrative that the President is a bigoted racist.
Thurmond introduced the resolution, charging that Trump “legitimized” hate groups including the KKK and neo-Nazis by failing to immediately blame them in the aftermath of the violent rally, ignoring the fact that he actually did condemn their actions.
“The leader of the free world can’t continue to use language that legitimizes the actions of extremists groups that promote hate,” he said in the statement, calling to mind the fact that President Obama refused to say “Islamic terrorism” whenever another incident took place. “Congress must exercise its power to check the president by voting for his immediate censure.”
On Thursday, President Trump signed a congressional resolution condemning white supremacists. The resolution was intended by Congress to urge him to speak out against hate groups.
“We condemn the recent violence in Charlottesville and oppose hatred, bigotry, and racism in all forms,” Trump said in a statement accompanying the resolution.
Critics were outraged that the statement did not specifically reject the groups referenced in the resolution, which were “white nationalists, white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other hate groups.”
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