Congresswoman Barbara Lee Calls for Censure of President Trump After Remarks Excusing White Supremacists

Washington, D.C.Congresswoman Lee released the following statement after joining a resolution as an original co-sponsor calling for the censure of President Trump in the wake of his offensive remarks on August 15th  when he asserted that “both sides” were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville and failed to fully denounce white supremacist and Neo-Nazi organizations:

“I am horrified and outraged by President Trump’s words and deeds following the violence in Charlottesville. Make no mistake: dangerous groups that peddle hate – including Neo-Nazis and white supremacists – have flourished under the Trump Presidency.

“President Trump’s failure to unequivocally condemn bigotry and violence is an implicit endorsement of their twisted ideology. Additionally, his decision to surround himself with advisors who have fanned the flames of racism and discrimination – including Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka – raise serious questions about this President’s judgement and worldview.  

“It’s not enough for Members of Congress to simply condemn President Trump’s words. We must send a clear message to this Administration – and this nation – that bigotry is not welcome in our White House. This resolution of censure is an important first step to strike a blow against hate in America.”