NY gets tougher on community center bomb threats

Claudine Rigal
Août 15, 2017

Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of NY, today released a direct and combative petition aimed straight at President Donald Trump's insistence that there was violence "on many sides" of Saturday's deadly vehicular attack in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In the aftermath of the violent and deadly events in Charlottesville this past weekend, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation allowing prosecutors to increase penalties against those who make bomb threats against community centers. Rather, the petition requests that the President "clearly and unequivocally condemn and denounce the violent protest organized by the white supremacists and neo-Nazis", which ended with a auto driven by a white supremacists slamming into crowds of counter protesters, leaving one woman dead and many more in critical condition.

There were 15 other injuries reported in clashes between racist groups and protesters.

Trump has faced bipartisan criticism for his comments about the rally and the attack on those who were protesting the white supremacist groups. Instead, he condemned the "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides".

"Join me in signing a petition demanding that President Trump acknowledges this hate for what it is: Domestic terrorism willfully perpetrated by white supremacists", Cuomo's statement read.

The timing of Cuomo's petition comes as Trump is due to return to his home at Trump Tower for the first time since his inauguration.

"Mr. Trump must immediately call this what it is - no cover, no euphemisms".

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