Pelosi touts House push to censure Trump

President Donald Trump walks across the tarmac from Marine One to board Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown N.J

More recently, the Senate introduced a censure resolution over Bill Clinton's affair and subsequent perjury.

In the violence prompted by a march organized by neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists, Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields Jr.is accused of ramming his vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters. Heather Heyer was struck and killed by a auto driven, police allege, by one of the rally's attendants.

Following the violent incident in Charlottesville, Trump said "there is blame on both sides".

Pelosi says Republicans must declare whether they stand with Trump, whom she said repeatedly "gives us further evidence of why such a censure is necessary". A vote to censure a president, however, would be historic.

Democratic Reps. Pramila Jayapal of Washington, Jerrold Nadler of NY and Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey filed a formal resolution of censure Friday during a pro forma session.

Censuring is a harsh condemnation of an official but has no legal consequences.




It called on Trump to "fire any and all White House advisers who have urged him to cater to the white supremacist movement in the United States", singling out White House aide Sebastian Gorka and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon - the latter of whom was announced to be leaving the West Wing Friday. The House censured him for starting the Mexican-American War.

Congresswoman Katherine Clark, D-Melrose, meanwhile, said she was glad to join her Democratic colleagues in the effort to censure the president.

House Democrats, however, were not the only ones to condemn Trump's response to the violence and racial unrest in Charlottesville on Friday.

"President Trump's growing record of repulsive statements is matched by his repulsive policies", she added.

Lujan Grisham said, "We have a duty in Congress to forcefully rebuke President Trump's conduct, which goes against the values of our country and diminishes the Office of the President". "His refusal to completely and totally denounce white supremacist groups and all who enable their bigotry is unacceptable". But lawmakers use censures, at the least, as a tool to make political statements - in this case, against the president's handling of the violence in Charlottesville and other race overall.

The resolution, which is unlikely to pass the Republican-held legislature, was formally introduced on Friday.

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