Congress Passes Measure Challenging Trump to Denounce Hate Groups

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A white nationalist rally on the grounds of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

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Edu Bayer for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The House and Senate have unanimously passed a joint resolution urging President Trump to denounce racist and anti-Semitic hate groups, sending a blunt message of dissatisfaction with the president’s initial, equivocal response to the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Va., last month.

The resolution passed the Senate without dissent on Monday and was approved without objection by the entire House on Tuesday night. It could be sent to the White House for Mr. Trump’s signature as early as Wednesday.

A White House spokeswoman did not immediately answer a request for comment.

The nonbinding measure specifically singles out for condemnation “White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups.” That represents a sharp contrast to the president’s first comments after the deadly

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/12/us/congress-trump-hate-groups-charlottesville.html

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