US President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a congressional resolution condemning white supremacists and other hate groups , the White House said , following a move by lawmakers that left little choice but to support the text.
Trump signed the resolution that rejects ” white nationalists, white supremacists, Ku Klux Klan , neo-Nazis and other hate groups,” which was approved Tuesday by Congress after the president made controversial statements of condemnation of racial violence in August in Charlottesville , Virginia .
In a statement, he said he was happy to sign this resolution, adding that ” as Americans we condemn the recent violence in Charlottesville and oppose hatred, intolerance and racism in all its forms .”
The unanimity with which this text was approved would have made any attempt at a presidential veto likely to be futile.
Virginia lawmakers said Congress spoke with a “unified voice” to unequivocally condemn the August events, when a rally called by right-wing extremists turned violent and a counter-demonstrator died when a vehicle driven by a supposed white supremacist crashed into the crowd .
Trump was heavily criticized after declaring that “both sides” had responsibility for the violence that had erupted, and their approval ratings plummeted.
On Thursday, the president seemed to revive his controversial argument by talking about Antifa, a leftist movement that says to fight against fascism: ” If we see what is happening there, especially with the arrival of Antifa, you have very bad guys from the other side as well ” .