To: The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate
Censure Donald Trump
Censure Trump over his failure to condemn white supremacy, Nazis, and the alt-right.
Why is this important?
At a press conference on August 15, 2017, Donald Trump doubled down on his vile refusal to condemn white supremacist terrorism in Charlottesville, VA. He said that there were "fine people" in the white supremacist rally and blamed "both sides" for the violence and hate witnessed on all of our TV screens.
Former KKK grand wizard David Duke said what he saw in Charlottesville, VA: that it "fulfills the promises of Donald Trump."
White supremacists, neo-Nazis, and members of the "alt-right," chanted "Heil Trump!" while marching through the streets of Charlottesville; they injured dozens of demonstrators. The rally led to an act of domestic terrorism that killed a woman peacefully standing up to white supremacy.
But all that Trump could muster in response was one weak statement where he seemed to call out the white supremacist movement. Yet, he also tweeted a picture of a "Trump Train" smashing into a CNN reporter, which bore a chilling resemblance to this weekend's brutal terrorist attack. And then at a press conference, he, once again, blamed bigotry and violence on "many sides."
Trump's response is horrifying and unacceptable, which is why we're calling on Congress to formally censure him for refusing to explicitly call out white supremacy and call it terrorism. House members can sign on to a resolution to formally censure that has been introduced by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler.
Censure is a formal, public statement of disapproval that requires a vote by Congress.
A bipartisan vote would send a strong message to Trump and the world that his behavior is unacceptable and doesn't represent American values. Several Republicans have spoken out already. That's a start, but it's not enough.
Why won't Trump condemn these white supremacist terrorists? Is it because they're part of the coalition that got him elected? Is it because he has advisers in his White House who are close to these hateful and violent groups? Is it because his campaign fueled the climate in which hate groups like these thrive and commit violence in the open?
Congress must vote to formally censure Trump. We must show that Americans speak with one voice in rejecting the alt-right, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists by formally censuring Trump in both houses of Congress.