[Ed. – Kassam is right about this. Congress should not pass such motions, nor should Trump sign them. The U.S. federal government should never be in the business of formally condemning the people’s political speech, no matter how heinous it is. Criminalize and punish actions, where it’s lawful to do so. That’s fair game. But condemning speech is a slippery slope that cannot be “managed.” It will come almost immediately to repress the legitimate speech of many.]
Let’s examine what the motion, passed by both legislative chambers early this week, says.
The preamble, in addition to expressing “support for the Charlottesville community,” demands of the President that he rejects “White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups” and urges him and his cabinet to “use all available resources to address the threats posed by those groups”.
From the outset this is disingenuous and troublesome.
The President has already disavowed these groups, including Neo Nazis and the KKK. Why are elected members, alongside the White House, wasting time virtue signaling over it?
Perhaps because it backs POTUS into a corner, especially when you consider many establishment media organizations call his former Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon — who has mocked and derided ethno-nationalists — a “white nationalist” or “white supremacist”. This week, ESPN even let one of its hosts off with no more than a slapped wrist for suggesting the President himself was a “white supremacist”.