A joint resolution condemning the violence in Charlottesville was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and reached the president’s desk Tuesday.
“No matter the color of our skin or our ethnic heritage, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God,” said President Donald Trump as said in USA Today. “We are a nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal. As one people, let us move forward to rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans.”
The bill, which the president signed Thursday, calls the death of Heather Hayes an act of domestic terrorism and openly denounces groups such as white nationalist, white supremacist, Ku Klux Klan, neo-nazis and other hate groups. The bill also calls for the president and his administration to denounce all hate groups and to use all resources available to address the growing number of hate crimes.
The bill calls for Jeff Sessions to work with the Secretary of Homeland Security to investigate thoroughly all acts of violence, intimidation, and domestic terrorism by White supremacists, White nationalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan and associated groups in order to determine if any criminal laws have been violated and to prevent those groups from fomenting and facilitating additional violence and to work with the FBI to improve the reporting of hate crimes.
The bill also sends condolences to the families of those who lost their lives on Aug. 12 and those who were injured.