Trump signs resolution condemning hate groups
U.S. President Donald Trump has signed a resolution condemning white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other hate groups following a white-nationalist rally in Virginia that descended into deadly violence.
The resolution also urged Mr. Trump and his administration to speak out against hate groups that espouse racism, anti-Semitism and white supremacy.
The signing comes hours after Mr. Trump revived his claim that there were “bad dudes” among both sides of a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Va., last month.
The President says in a statement announcing the signing that, “As Americans, we condemn the recent violence in Charlottesville and oppose hatred, bigotry, and racism in all forms.”
Mr. Trump’s latest comments came one day after he met in private with Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, the U.S. Senate’s lone black Republican, at the White House. The two discussed the President’s past remarks blaming “many sides” for the violence and death around a Confederate statue.
Recounting his conversation with Mr. Scott, Mr. Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Thursday: “I think especially in light of the advent of Antifa, if you look at what’s going on there, you know, you have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also. And essentially that’s what I said.”
“Antifa” is short for “anti-fascist,” an umbrella description for far-left-leaning militant groups.
Mr. Trump last month said there were “very fine people” among the white nationalists and neo-Nazis protesting the possible removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville.
Mr. Scott said he told the President there was no comparison.