Pelosi endorses Democrats' resolution to censure Trump

Claudine Rigal
Août 19, 2017

In an extraordinary rebuke to a president, U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst-Upper West Side) and two of his Democratic colleagues are making plans to introduce a resolution of censure against President Donald Trump over his comments following the violence in Charlottesville. "We must not only condemn the president's remarks, we must censure the president for the unacceptable way he has represented our country in this critical moment".

"The president's repulsive defense of white supremacists demands that Congress act to defend our American values", she said in a statement Friday.

The resolution immediately gathered 77 co-sponsors, all of whom are Democrats. Pelosi says Republicans must declare whether they stand with Trump, whom she said repeatedly "gives us further evidence of why such a censure is necessary".

Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-Massachusetts) joined Reps. "His refusal to completely and totally denounce white supremacist groups and all who enable their bigotry is unacceptable".

"The hatred and violence we saw erupt in Charlottesville does not reflect who we are as a country", said Peters.

The torch rally by white supremacists in Charlottesville, CA. "Jerry Nadler, Bonnie Watson Coleman and Pramila Jayapal have filed the first censure resolution against the president", Pelosi continues.

The resolution cites the "Unite the Right" rally and Trump's subsequent comments blaming either "both sides" or "many sides" for the violence as reason for censure.

President Andrew Jackson, whom Trump has praised in the past, is the only president the full Senate has censured, though the House of Representatives censured President James Polk in 1848 for starting the Mexican-American War "unconstitutionally". It serves as an official reprimand of a commander-in-chief over actions the president has taken.

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