Democrats Introduce Resolution to Censure Trump Over Charlottesville Comments

Tamir Kalifa

Tamir Kalifa

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney came out as the latest Republican to slam the president for blaming "both sides" after an alleged Nazi sympathizer reportedly drove a auto into a crowd of counter-protesters to the white nationalist rally in Virginia, killing one woman and injuring 19 people.

President Donald Trump's comments on Tuesday - in which he equated white nationalists with counter-protesters at the "Unite the Right" in Charlottesville, Virginia, and blamed "both sides" for the violence - drew criticism from both sides of the aisle.

The White House announced Friday that Bannon, who has worked as Trump's chief strategist, resigned. Heather Heyer was struck and killed by a vehicle driven, police allege, by one of the rally's attendants.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), along with Democratic Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey and Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington State, began to beat the drum for an official condemnation of Trump's comments earlier in the week. During the aftermath, Trump attracted outrage from those on the left and right when he claimed "both sides" were to blame for the violence.

In the violence prompted by a march organized by neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists, Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields Jr.is accused of ramming his auto into a crowd of counterprotesters.

Though some resolutions to censure several presidents-including Abraham Lincoln, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, among others-have been introduced, Andrew Jackson was the only president to actually be censured by either chamber of Congress. Though Congress members have introduced several such resolutions through the years, the last president to be censured was James J. Polk in 1848.

House Democrats, however, were not the only ones to condemn Trump's response to the violence and racial unrest in Charlottesville on Friday.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco also endorsed censure Friday. But lawmakers use censures, at the least, as a tool to make political statements - in this case, against the president's handling of the violence in Charlottesville and other race overall.

It still, however, provides a way for Democrats to press Republicans to go on the record as the resolution is reviewed by the House judiciary committee. The resolution would only need to pass the House, not the Senate, to be implemented.

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