Trump con­demns hate groups af­ter re­marks

The Mercury News Weekend - - NEWS - — From wire re­ports

WASH­ING­TON » President Don­ald Trump on Thurs­day signed a res­o­lu­tion con­demn­ing white su­prem­a­cists and hate groups, hours af­ter re­viv­ing his as­ser­tion that there were “bad dudes” among the peo­ple who as­sem­bled to op­pose a white na­tion­al­ist protest in Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia, last month.

“You know, you have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also,” the president told re­porters aboard Air Force once, spark­ing an­other round of crit­i­cism that the president has failed to ad­e­quately con­demn hate speech.

The res­o­lu­tion, passed by Con­gress this week, con­demns “the vi­o­lence and do­mes­tic ter­ror­ist at­tack that took place” in Char­lottesville as well as white su­prem­a­cists, neo-Nazis and other hate groups.

It also urges the president and his ad­min­is­tra­tion to “speak out against hate groups that es­pouse racism, ex­trem­ism, xeno­pho­bia, anti-Semitism and white supremacy,” and calls on the Jus­tice De­part­ment and other fed­eral agen­cies to “use all re­sources avail­able” to ad­dress the grow­ing preva­lence of those groups.

“As Amer­i­cans, we con­demn the re­cent vi­o­lence in Char­lottesville and op­pose ha­tred, big­otry, and racism in all forms,” Trump said in a state­ment.

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