The U.S. House of Representatives just voted 424-1 to formally condemn white supremacy and white nationalism, in the wake of comments made last week by Rep. Steve King, a Republican of Iowa. MSNBC notes Congressman King voted for the Resolution.
“Whereas, on January 10, 2019, Representative Steve King was quoted as asking, ‘White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization—how did that language become offensive?'” it begins.
The Resolution actually includes definitions for both white supremacism and white nationalism, and says they are “contrary to the ideals of the United States of America, which was established according to the principle stated in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal.”
It also says that “patriotic Americans have sought to form a more perfect Union by rejecting White nationalism and White supremacy, embracing inclusive patriotism, and welcoming immigrants from across the globe who have continuously enriched our Nation.”
The Resolution cites recent acts of hate crimes, noting white supremacism and white nationalism are to blame. Among them, the South Carolina shooting massacre of nine Black parishioners attending a Bible study class, and the shooting massacre that killed 11 Jewish worshippers at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue.
The all-but unanimous vote will likely lead to censure by the House of Congressman King, who has a long history of racist and bigoted remarks. On Monday House Republicans stripped King of all his committee seats, including on the powerful Judiciary and Agriculture Committees.
424-1: House passed resolution rejecting white nationalism and white supremacy, rebuking @SteveKingIA (R-IA) recent remarks to NYT. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) voted NO calling for King to be censured by House instead. King voted YES on this resolution. pic.twitter.com/GrRe5ymXua
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) January 15, 2019
Colbert names Trump’s siege on DC the ‘Tinyman Square’ incident
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After watching the footage of the military tear gas, beat and shoot at protesters so Trump could march from the presidential bunker to St. John's Church for the cameras.
"It was like Tiananmen Square," Colbert deemed. "Except, in Trump's case, Tinyman Square."
Trump claimed on "The Fox & Friends" that no one was tear-gassed, so it's unclear what was stinging people's eyes and making them cough, choke and tear up. The Park Police released a statement saying it wasn't tear gas. While the moment was captured on video from dozens of different camera angles, one protester actually grabbed a canister of Oleoresins Capiscum, or "OC," the gas that was used.
Vladimir Putin must love watching the US fall apart: columnist
New Yorker columnist Susan Glasser made the astute observation that if Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to destabilize the United States with the election of President Donald Trump, he's clearly achieved his objective.
It was reported in March that Russian intelligence services are working to incite violence using white supremacist groups to try and sow racial chaos in the United States ahead of the November election.
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Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump decided to walk across Lafayette Square for a photo-op. To get there, however, it took an outright battle with mounted park police, police covered in body armor and rattled Secret Service members who had just rushed the president to the bunker several nights before. Armed with semi-automatic weapons and military gear, they staged a siege on Lafayette Square against unarmed hippies, woke whites and people of color, again, forced to fight for justice.
Writing for the Washington Post Wednesday, conservative columnist Max Boot attacked Attorney General Bill Barr, who accepted responsibility for demanding that demonstrators be tear-gassed, beaten and shot with rubber bullets. Like Bull Conor ordering fire hoses on students marching in Birmingham, Alabama, Barr's attack on Lafayette Square for a photo-op proved he is willing to do what it takes to stroke the fractured ego of a president forced to cower in a bunker.