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Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee will file articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump following the president's reaction to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

On Aug. 17, Cohen took to Twitter to share an official statement on his decision.

"Instead of unequivocally condemning hateful actions by neo-Nazis, white nationalists and Klansmen following a national tragedy, the president said 'there were very fine people on both sides,'" Cohen wrote. "There are no good Nazis. There are no [good] Klansmen."

On Aug. 15, Trump asserted that white supremacists and anti-racist protesters shared equal responsibility for the violence in Charlottesville, which culminated in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

"Yes, I do think there's blame on both sides ... you also had people that were very fine people on both sides," Trump said during a White House press conference, according to CNBC.

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The president added that he believed the media had treated some members of the alt-right rally "absolutely unfairly."

Cohen accused Trump of failing the test of moral leadership.

"No moral president would ever shy away from outright condemning hate, intolerance and bigotry," Cohen wrote. "No moral president would ever question the values of Americans protesting in opposition of such actions, one of whom was murdered by one of the white nationalists."

The Tennessee lawmaker also asserted that Trump had undermined national security with his remarks.

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"Neo-Nazis and the KKK are domestic terrorists," Cohen continued. "If the president can't recognize the difference between these domestic terrorists and the people who oppose their anti-American attitudes, then he cannot defend us."

Cohen later acknowledged that the GOP majority in Congress was unlikely to support a Trump impeachment.

"I think it's more likely we're going to have snow tomorrow," Cohen said during a press conference in Memphis, the Tennessean reports.

On June 7, Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman of California and Al Green of Texas jointly announced that they would file articles of impeachment against Trump, accusing the president of obstruction of justice for his firing of former FBI Director James Comey, Politico reports.

On Aug. 17, a survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) found that 40 percent of national adults supported a Trump impeachment, NBC News reports.

The PRRI poll found that 38 percent of overall respondents were favorable toward Trump while 56 percent were unfavorable. And 72 percent of Democratic respondents supported impeaching the president while only 7 percent of Republicans agreed.

Sources: CNBCNBC News, Politico, Steve Cohen/TwitterTennessean / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: U.S. Government via Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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