Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Releases Statement on Censure Resolution Against President Trump

Marsha Scott
August 20, 2017

"Indeed, with each passing day, it becomes clearer that the Republican Congress must declare whether it stands for our sacred American values or with the president who embraces white nationalism", Pelosi said.

'Trump has surrounded himself with, and cultivated the influence of, senior advisors and spokespeople who have long histories of promoting white nationalist, alt-Right, racist and anti-Semitic principles and policies within the country, ' the resolution said.

In the violence prompted by a march organized by neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists, Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields Jr.is accused of ramming his auto into a crowd of counterprotesters. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton was the first government official to be censured for mishandling loans. A vote to censure a president, however, would be historic. The House censured him for starting the Mexican-American War.

"This censure reflects a collective disapproval by Americans across the country of President Trump's unsafe rhetoric".

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Democrats have little recourse in the GOP-controlled House.

Democratic Reps. Pramila Jayapal of Washington, Jerrold Nadler of NY and Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey filed a formal resolution of censure Friday during a pro forma session.

In his statement, Luján said, "The President of the United States has a responsibility - both in his words and his actions to lead our nation in times of crisis". As a result, she endorsed a resolution introduced by 79 congress members, including three Virginians, to censure him.

The Democrat-backed resolution, which contends Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and others committed "domestic terrorism" in Charlottesville, further took aim at the president for what it cast as his efforts to "create a moral equivalency" between white supremacists and counter-protesters. But lawmakers use censures, at the least, as a tool to make political statements - in this case, against the president's handling of the violence in Charlottesville and other race overall. The resolution would only need to pass the House, not the Senate, to be implemented. The advisors to whom the resolution alludes to are likely include White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, often a target of such accusations. It also could surface in New Mexico's gubernatorial race, as both Lujan Grisham and Pearce are running.

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