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Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), along with co-sponsors Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), and Bonnie Watson-Coleman (D-NJ), on Wednesday introduced legislation asking Congress to formally reprimand Donald Trump for his woefully inadequate, grotesque, and harmful response to Charlottesville, in which he empathized with neo-Nazis and blamed antifascists for the actions of white supremacist terrorists that killed one woman and injured several others.

ā€œNot even a week has passed since the tragedy in Charlottesville. But on Tuesday, the president poured salt on the nationā€™s wounds by defending those who marched with white supremacists,ā€ said Jayapal in a statement announcing the censure and condemnation resolution. ā€œIn an unscripted press conference, we saw the real and unfiltered Donald Trumpā€”the logical endpoint for a man who has consistently trafficked in racism throughout his career.ā€

The legislation asks Congress to ā€œcensure and condemnā€ Trump ā€œfor his inadequate response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginiaā€ and for the following:

ā€œ...his failure to immediately and specifically name and condemn the white supremacist groups responsible for actions of domestic terrorism, for re-asserting that ā€œboth sidesā€ were to blame and excusing the violent behavior of participants in the ā€˜Unite to Rightā€™ rally, and for employing people with ties to white supremacist movements in the White House, such as Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorkaā€


The bill also asks Trump to ā€œfire any and all White House advisors who have urged him to cater to the alt-Right movement in the United States.ā€

Congress has not censured a president since Andrew Jackson in 1834, and doing so now would send a powerful message to the White House. Weā€™ll also find out, through support for this measure, how many of the Republicans who have repudiated Trumpā€™s language are really willing to take a stand against him.