The House and Senate have unanimously passed a joint resolution urging President Trump to denounce racist and anti-Semitic hate groups.
After months of partisan bickering, Republicans and Democrats locked arms in another empty expression of racial solidarity and unity, passing a bill that is the epitome of posturing.
The non-controversial measure didn’t take long to get through the typical congressional gridlock once brought for a vote. The New York Times wrote a glowing report of the the passage calling it as the resolution passed the Senate without dissent on Monday and was approved without objection by the entire House on Tuesday night. It is expected to be sent to the White House for Mr. Trump’s signature, maybe as early as Wednesday.
The resolution specifically singles out for condemnation “White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups,” and is a response to people in D.C. who do not feel the President’s initial remarks on the violence that occurred in Charlottesville last month due to ANTIFA and other far-left radical groups attempting to forcibly shut-down a gathering put on by white nationalists and white supremacists to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, which led to the murder of Heather Heyer by James Field later that day.
Republican and Democratic House members from Virginia, who sponsored the bill, called on Trump to “use all resources available to the President and the President’s Cabinet to address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the United States.”
Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky introduced the measure as a joint resolution, which requires a presidential signature. This way they can get the President on the record, again, condemning racist groups. The measure also calls on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “investigate thoroughly all acts of violence, intimidation, and domestic terrorism by White supremacists, White nationalists, neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, and associated groups” and to “improve the reporting of hate crimes” to the F.B.I.
It’s a feel good moment all around for congressional members on the Hill, as they congratulate each other for passing something that the vast majority of Americans already agree on—racists are bad—while giving them press for bi-partisanship, and bonus, taking another cheap shot at the President as the mainstream media will say that Trump was publicly shamed and congressional strong-armed into finally condemning white supremacy.
Still no word on whether or not anything actually meaningful to the American people will ever get passed from this Congress though, but yea, nobody likes racists!