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Democrats Look To Censure Trump After Charlottesville

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Three members of Congress have introduced a measure to officially censure President Donald Trump for what they called a weak response to the "alt-right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which killed 32-year-old counter protester Heather Heyer and left dozens injured.

"President Donald Trump has provided tacit encouragement and little to no denunciation of white supremacist groups and individuals who promote their bigoted, nationalist ideology and policies," reads the resolution released by Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler of New York, Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey and Pramila Jayapal of Washington on Aug. 16, according to Nadler's website.

They said they will officially introduce the bill when the House has a brief meeting on Aug. 18.

Though BuzzFeed News notes that censuring the president doesn't have any practical consequences, it does send a symbolic gesture that Congress has only used on three previous presidents -- Andrew Jackson, John Tyler and James Buchanan. Jackson's censure was reversed three years later.

Members of Congress have unsuccessfully tried to censure a number of presidents, including Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

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"President Donald Trump has failed to provide adequate condemnation and assure the American people of his resolve to opposing domestic terrorism," the resolution continues, later adding that "Trump has surrounded himself with, and cultivated the influence of, senior advisors and spokespeople who have long histories of promoting white nationalist, alt-Right, racist and anti-Semitic principles and policies within the country," according to Nadler's web page.

The symbolic bill also urges Trump to sever ties with any members of his team who have encouraged him to "cater to the alt-Right movement in the United States."

The written condemnation said that the president had an "inadequate response" to what they described as a "domestic terrorist attack" on Aug. 12, after which the president said "both sides" are to blame for what happened.

"What about the 'alt-left' that came charging at, as you say, the 'alt-right,' do they have any semblance of guilt?" Trump said during a visit to his old home, Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, according to CNN. "What about the fact they came charging with clubs in hands, swinging clubs, do they have any problem? I think they do."

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The president also said "you had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent," even though, he added, "nobody wants to say it."

Sources: Congressman Jerrold Nadler, BuzzFeed, CNN / Featured Image: Michael Vadon/Flickr / Embedded Image: Gage Skidmore/FlickrGage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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