Congress “forces” Trump to condemn white supremacists

| September 13, 2017 | 27 Comments

Politico reports that the Republican-led Congress passed legislation condemning the Charlottesville, Virginia protest last month.

The resolution urges Trump to “speak out against hate groups that espouse racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and White supremacy.” It also calls on the administration to “use all resources available to the President and the President’s Cabinet to address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the United States.”

Yeah, well, Alberto Martinez, a professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin wrote a largely ignored piece, published on December 16th last year in the New Standard Press which talks about the 55 times that President Trump condemned white supremacists and the KKK since 1990, so I don’t know what one more time will accomplish in that regard.

From August 2015 until election day in November 2016, I’ve counted that Donald Trump repudiated or disavowed David Duke or the KKK no less than 55 times in 15 separate venues. (And I expect that there were other instances too.) Four of those denials happened before the now infamous interview with Jake Tapper. Plus, Trump had publicly criticized Duke and the Klan at least since 1991. But none of this mattered to the critics. Rather than paying close attention to his track record, they preferred to make a monstrous cartoon out of the one instance when he didn’t instantly say: I disavow.

The legislation scheduled to hit the President’s desk for his signature soon to what purpose, I’m not sure.

The resolution also urges Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate any acts of violence or domestic terrorism perpetrated by white supremacists.

As if the Justice Department wouldn’t consider investigating without the resolution. This is what Congress is doing besides writing a new DACA bill and the thousands of other things that they actually NEED to do.

Congress needs to be a part time job, then they wouldn’t have time to write stupid useless bullshit things like this.

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  1. Martinjmpr says:

    “Urges” is not the same thing as “forces.”

    For that matter, given that Congress and the President are co-equals in our Constitutional scheme, Congress can’t “force” the president to do a damn thing (nor can the president “force” Congress to do anything.)

    As for condemning this or that, it’s just silly political theater but of course you know that already. 😉

  2. Bobo says:

    I’m going to assume that the list of hate groups also includes the New Black Panthers, Black Lives Matter, and ANTIFA.

  3. IDC SARC says:

    ” I’ve counted that Donald Trump repudiated or disavowed David Duke or the KKK no less than 55 times in 15 separate venues. ”

    Yeah…but he hasn’t condemned them today, before lunchtime. 🙂

  4. Flagwaver says:

    I love that people say he ignored the white supremacists et al when he condemned the violence on both sides. It’s like they don’t realize that both sides mean both sides.

    But yeah. Congress needs to urge the President to do what he is already doing rather than doing their jobs. It’s like they don’t care about their actual jobs.

  5. MSG Eric says:

    While they’re at it, why don’t they just pass a bill raising their own salaries too.

    • David says:

      Even better -they passed a bill that says their raises are automatic unless for some reason they to vote to turn the raises down. In fairness, they have voted against said pay raises most years, notable every year since 2009.

      • IDC SARC says:

        Yeah, it must be hell living off a base pay of 174,000. I dunno how they manage to stay fed.

        • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

          Yep, “Bless their hearts”.

        • timactual says:

          But they have TWO households to maintain! You wouldn’t want them to uproot their families for a two-year (minimum) tour of duty in DC, would you? And of course they need to buy a house suitable for their lofty stations. Renting is just so Un-American.

        • Mason says:

          Base pay, plus expenses, travel expenses, staff and offices in DC and their home state, the best healthcare in government, the list goes on.

          I’ve always wondered if there are so many millionaires in congress because they have the expendable time/energy cause they aren’t worried about food and housing like the rest of us, or are there so many because the position gives you power through which the wealth then flows. Looking at the Clintons, I’m guessing a tad more of the latter.

          • David says:

            Till 2012 Congress was exempt from the insider trading laws which the rest of us have to follow – if they heard, for instance, that Boeing was getting set to land a giant contract, they were allowed to buy well before the rest of us heard anything. A lot of rich Congresscritters resulted.

  6. Ex-PH2 says:

    White supremacists, huh? Doesn’t that include Antifa? They’re all white peeps, aren’t they? I know there are more, I just can’t keep up with them.

    Hey, the sporks I get with KFC are either brown or black. I usually just use my own stainless steel flatware. Is there something I need to know?

    In case anyone is wondering, I’m not removing titanium white, zinc white, Naples yellow, or burnt sienna from my art supplies. Those are all Earth colors and when I asked Gaia about it, she said “S’okay, kid, do me proud.”

    I have a black cat, too. Not getting rid of her, either, or my color-point Himmie.

    Seriously, this is becoming more and more ridiculous. The ignorance on display is so deep and so odd, Jung could have a field day with these people. They’re about as close to psycho as you can get. I think they all need a session on the timeout chair.

  7. Perry Gaskill says:

    If memory serves, what was sent to the president was a resolution in the form of a proclamation. It isn’t legislation intended to become law. It’s the kind of thing government bodies do on a regular basis similar to, say, declaring October 19th as national Hug Your Dog Day.

    I’d venture to guess what’s going on is a form of petty payback triggered by the recent decision to end the DACA in six months. What that did was put the onus for an immigration solution on Congress, which it resents.

    Something I’ve found difficult to understand is why the left can’t seem to accept that most conflicts involve at least two antagonists. In a common leftist narrative, they are the minority victim who should be granted extra rights now to compensate for oppression in the past. Following a discussion with President Trump this week, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, who is Black, made a comment which puts things somewhat in perspective:

    “…However, the real picture has nothing to do with who is on the other side. It has to do with the affirmation of hate groups who over three centuries of this country have made it their mission to create upheaval for minority communities.”

    In point of fact, creation of the original upheaval in Charlottesville can be laid at the feet of Charlottesville vice-mayor Wes Bellamy, who is Black, who apparently bullied a weak city council into a narrow vote to remove the Robert E. Lee statue. The vote can also arguably be described as a sleazy political move designed to avoid having the issue placed on a public ballot.

    Scott’s comment about “creating upheaval for minority communities” is also a stretch. According to 2010 Census data, Charlottesville is 20 percent African-American and 70 percent White.

  8. timactual says:

    When I was a lad there were some things that were just common beliefs that did not need to be recited over and over. They were just taken for granted. Things like “Nazis are bad”, “the KKK are evil”, “Don’t tug on Superman’s cape”, and “Don’t blow your nose on the tablecloth whilst at table”.

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