Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic Leader, has endorsed an attempt to censure President Trump for his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, reports Politico.
Pelosi released a statement, writing, "The President’s repulsive defense of white supremacists demands that Congress act to defend our American values."
Three Democratic Representatives—Jerry Nadler of New York, Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey and Pramila Jayapal of Washington—introduced the censure resolution. The censure, which would be a significant rebuke of the president if passed, goes as follows.
“Whereas President Donald Trump’s immediate public comments rebuked ‘many sides’ for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and failed to specifically condemn the ‘Unite the Right’ rally or cite the white supremacist, neo-Nazi gathering as responsible for actions of domestic terrorism.”
They also added, referring to their issue with Steve Bannon, "Whereas President Donald 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."
Pelosi put her weight behind the censure. In her statement, she said the President "every day" has given "further evidence of why such a censure is necessary."
Along with Pelosi, at least 79 Democratic colleagues have signed on to the measure. However, it's unlikely that the rarely used censure measure will pass. Even if Republicans in the GOP-controlled Congress disagree with President Trump, they are unlikely to back a measure that would censure a president from their party.
This is the just latest in a stream of criticism from people who are determined to misinterpret President Trump's statements on the violence in Virginia. Although he said there was violence on many sides, the mainstream media chose to read that as him failing to place blame on the white supremacists for their actions.
A Congres censure would come right after President Trump did exactly what they're calling on him to do. Namely, removing Steve Bannon from his White House position. Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed earlier today that Bannon is no longer with the administration, but she didn't comment on whether he resigned or was fired.