Trump signs res­o­lu­tion con­demn­ing hate groups

The Globe and Mail (BC Edition) - - NEWS - JESSE J. HOL­LAND WASH­ING­TON

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.

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