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Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

US Congress votes to call on Trump to denounce hate groups

US Congress votes to call on Trump to denounce hate groups

The sole black Republican in the Senate, Tim Scott, tried to explain racism in the U.S.to President Donald Trump Wednesday following the events of Charlottesville, Va. that left a woman dead in the wake of a white nationalist rally last month. It also calls for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to work with the Secretary of Homeland Security 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". While condemning white supremacist and neo-nazis, he said that re were wrongs -but also to people "very well" - " from both sides ".

The bill, passed unanimously, specifically acknowledges anti-racist activist Heather Heyer - the 32-year-old paralegal who died after an alleged white supremacist rammed his vehicle into a group of counter-protesters during the deadly far right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

But on Wednesday, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders described the meeting as merely one Trump "wanted to have with the president, and the president wanted to have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the senator" to discuss race relations. When asked if Scott had expressed his "displeasure" at the president's response to Charlottesville, she said, "Not at all", adding that Scott and Trump had discussed "what we can do to bring people together, not talk about divisions within the country".

"If you expect some sort of an epiphany or transformation to occur overnight just because somebody walks into a room, I think they don't understand human nature".

You know you are living in a country of shame when Congress has to pass legislation to get your nation's president to condemn White supremacy.

In a statement released Wednesday, White House officials said the president planned to continue his dialogue with Scott.

Scott suggested that only "from a sterile perspective" did it look like the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville objectively had "an antagonist on the other side".

House Democrats responded by introducing a resolution to censure Trump, and many supported the move.

He doubled down on the comments the following Tuesday in a heated session with reporters at Trump Tower in NY. "But the focus was primarily on solutions moving forward", Sanders said. He also proposed noting that Trump "failed to condemn white supremacists and erroneously blamed "both sides" for the violence".

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