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Will Donald Trump Sign a Bill Condemning Racism? White House: “Not Sure”

Earlier this week the House and Senate both passed a piece of legislation condemning the white supremacists and neo-Nazis responsible for the terrorist attack that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia this past August.

The attack last month left one person dead, others injured and a nation shocked. Trump handled the situation just as poorly as we all knew he would: Like an old ignorant white man with too much money and a hatred for anyone not like him.

The joint resolution that is now sitting on Trump’s desk was introduced by Congressman Tom Garret, a Republican who represents Charlottesville and was passed unanimously by the Senate. Given our current division in D.C., it’s passage is still remarkable, even for a bill that seems so obvious.

The bill specifically calls for the Trump administration to “speak out against hate groups that espouse racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and White supremacy; and use all resources available to the President and the President’s Cabinet to address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the United States.”

Not only does the bill call for the condemnation of white supremacist from Trump’s White House, it also would see to it that the Department of Justice partner with Homeland Security to “investigate thoroughly all acts of violence, intimidation, and domestic terrorism by White supremacists, White nationalists, neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, and associated groups.”

That all sounds just lovely.

But when asked yesterday if Donald Trump would sign the bill, White House Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters during a White House press briefing that there would be “no announcements at this time.”


Considering that Trump has already said that some of the people chanting “JEWS WILL NOT REPLACE US,”  in Charlottesville were “fine people,” the conversation should have gone something like this:

Reporter: Does the President of the United States of America want to sign a bill condemning racism and stomping out its violent factions?

White House Spokesperson: Yes!

Finally, later today, the White House indicated that Trump will indeed sign the bill, but c’mon dude, that should have been a no brainer.

In the meantime, we have people like Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy out there doing what they can to fight racism with no hesitation.

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