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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Co-Sponsors Resolution to Censure President Trump

August 23, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) today co-sponsored a resolution to censure President Donald Trump for excusing the violent conduct of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va. earlier this month.

“President Trump’s comments about Charlottesville once again revealed his willingness to embrace the darkest elements of our society. The fact that he has continued to repeat his vile comments is even worse,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “Congress must stand up for all Americans by calling President Trump to account and censuring him for his embrace of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan.”

At a public event in Phoenix, Ariz. last night, President Trump doubled down on his response to the Charlottesville tragedy by mischaracterizing his previous comments equating racist agitators with peaceful counter protesters, blaming the media for accurately reporting his initial comments, and aligning himself with the white supremacists defending Confederate statues.

The censure resolution, introduced by Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), condemns President Trump “for his inadequate response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017, his failure to immediately and specifically name and condemn the white supremacist groups responsible for actions of domestic terrorism, for re-asserting that ‘both sides’ were to blame and excusing the violent behavior of participants in the ‘Unite the Right’ rally.”