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Colorado Representative Supports Censuring President

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Chris Sorensen

Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette has announced that she is co-sponsoring a resolution with other Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives to censure President Donald Trump.

The proposed resolution states that the president “has failed to provide adequate condemnation and assure the American People of his resolve to opposing domestic terrorism.”

The resolution also calls upon President Trump to fire “any and all White House advisors who have urged him to cater to the alt-Right movement in the United States.” Alt-Right (or alternative right) supporters espouse extreme conservatism views outside the ideals of more mainstream conservatives.

Saturday, James Alex Fields, Jr. is alleged to have driven a car in to a group of counter-protesters, killing one person and injuring up to 20 additional people in Charlottesville, Virginia. The counter-protesters were opposing white nationalist groups at a “Unite the Right” rally where racist and anti-Semitic slogans were used.

President Trump later issued statements critical of the “many sides” for their roles in the incident, prompting a national outcry, including from members of Republican party.

Colorado Senators Michael Bennet, a Democrat, and Cory Gardner, a Republican, and other Colorado political leaders issued statements critical of the president’s response, and called upon him to label the event an act of domestic terrorism, and denounce hate and racism.

The president issued statements Monday taking a stronger stand against the white nationalist protesters, then followed up Tuesday afternoon at a press conference in which he returned to placing blame on “both sides.”

While many commenters on DeGette’s Twitter account praised her co-sponsorship of the resolution, several called for more drastic action, such supporting articles of impeachment against President Trump. Others commenting defended the president, stating that he was not racist, and had denounced racism and violence on numerous occasions.

The resolution is set to be introduced Friday by Representatives Jerrold Nadler of New York, Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey and Pramila Jayapal of Washington.