Two weeks after President Donald Trump caught criticism for his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Republican National Committee (RNC) has approved a resolution to condemn white nationalism and white supremacy.
"The racist beliefs of Nazis, the KKK, white supremacists and other like-minded groups are completely inconsistent with the Republican Party's platform … [and] have no fruitful place in the United States," the measure says, according to The Hill.
Members of the RNC summer meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, unanimously voted to approve the resolution.
"We recall that the Republican Party was founded in the struggle against slavery and a rejection of the racial beliefs underlying the institution of slavery," it reads.
The issue became a hot one after 32-year-old Heather Heyer died in a terrorist attack when a white supremacist allegedly plowed a car into a group of counter protesters at a "Unite the Right" rally to stand up against removing a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville.
"The view that the color of one's skin determines or should determine one's standing, rights, opportunities, or duties to others is not consistent with the philosophy of the Republican Party," the RNC resolution says, according to Politico.
Days after the attack, Trump said that "there are two sides to a story" and that "the alt-left ... came charging" at the white nationalists and asked if the counter-protesters "have any semblance of guilt," notes the BBC.
"You had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent," Trump said at the time, according to the BBC. "And nobody wants to say that, but I'll say it right now."
The day before, the president called neo-Nazis and their ilk "repugnant," but many folks honed in on his other comments and felt that his words were not prompt or decisive enough.
"The president was saying that people brought violence from both sides," RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney said on ABC's "Good Morning America" in response to the rally. "And violence isn't OK, but the blame lays squarely at the KKK, the white supremacists, the neo-Nazis who organized this rally, caused violence and are pushing hate across this country."
Others voiced their support for the president and said that they wished to set a positive example for the administration to follow.
"We know that he's doing the best that he can, that it’s a big job, and that he's got a lot of people that don't care for him," said RNC member Jonathan Barnett of Arkansas, according to Politico. "But this committee is very supportive and we're behind him 100 percent, and we're going to try to help him accomplish the goals and the value system we believe in."