According to a report from Axios this Thursday, Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) was directed by the White House to block a resolution formally recognizing Turkey's genocide of the Armenian people. Cramer's move marks the third time the Trump administration has directed a GOP senator to block the resolution.
The move was met with widespread condemnation, some of which came from former GOP state Rep. Cole Wist (CO), who accused the White House of attempting to "whitewash history."
"The fact that the Trump White House would go to these extreme lengths to prop up a brutal dictator and whitewash history is an outrageous moral failure," Wist tweeted. "I am not sure how this bunch sleeps at night. What an embarrassing episode for America."
The fact that the Trump White House would go to these extreme lengths to prop up a brutal dictator and whitewash hi… https://t.co/muhs0Ypyu3— Cole Wist (@Cole Wist) 1575571137.0
Others on Twitter expressed similar sentiments:
The U.S. needs to break its silence and recognize the Armenian Genocide. Truth matters. History matters. https://t.co/dsfsmgAo88— Rep. Ted Lieu 😷 (@Rep. Ted Lieu 😷) 1575572278.0
WHAT TRUMP GETS - Trump Tower Istanbul WHAT ERDOGEN GETS - Block on condemnation for Armenian genocide WHAT AMERI… https://t.co/kESKcKUNtx— Jesse Ferguson (@Jesse Ferguson) 1575571389.0
Because there is no chance at all Erdogan is not using the same excuses to cover up the brutality of his militias i… https://t.co/KSMQYmcXcD— Irina Tsukerman (@Irina Tsukerman) 1575571279.0
Shame on @SenKevinCramer and @realDonaldTrump. They don’t care about the #ArmenianGenocide or the Armenian people. https://t.co/GuV9HsSvEJ— Andy Kenareki (@Andy Kenareki) 1575571402.0
According to CNN's Haley Byrd, Cramer said that he "doesn’t plan to object [to the proposal] again and predicts it will pass."
“I don't know that it can be an objected to much longer,” the North Dakota Republican reportedly said.