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Warner, Kaine urge measure condemning white nationalists

Virginia's two Democratic senators joined with two Republican senators to sponsor a resolution condemning white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other hate groups following a white-nationalist rally in Virginia that descended into deadly violence.

Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine introduced the joint resolution Wednesday along with Republican Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado and Johnny Isakson of Georgia. The resolution recognizes the Aug. 12 death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuries suffered by 19 others after a car allegedly driven by a neo-Nazi slammed into a crowd of demonstrators protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

The resolution specifically describes Heyer's death as a "domestic terrorist attack" and acknowledges two Virginia State Police troopers who died when their helicopter crashed while monitoring the protests. Trooper Berke Bates and Lt. Jay Cullen died in the crash.

The resolution expresses support for the people of Charlottesville and urges healing following what it calls "this horrific and violent display of bigotry." The resolution also calls on the Trump administration to use all available resources to improve data collection on hate crimes and work in a coordinated way to address hate groups in America.

If approved by the Senate, the joint resolution would go to the House, where Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia is leading efforts to approve it. If adopted by both chambers, the resolution would go to President Donald Trump.

Trump has been criticized for his response following the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville over the city's planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Trump asserted there were good people on "both sides" of the Charlottesville rally and bemoaned rising efforts to remove Confederate monuments as an attack on America's "history and culture."

The Senate resolution is supported by a range of civil rights groups, including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Anti-Defamation League and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

The resolution also is co-sponsored by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

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Can anyone tell me what action will come from this resolution? We all recognized what happened in Charlottesville…a group of protests that went out of control and got people killed. Do you think this resolution will encourage people to have peaceful discourses? I say no, but leave it up to our politicians to use this event to find ways to collection more information on U.S. citizens. Today it might be Nazis and Antifa; tomorrow it might be you and me because we are trying to maintain our Constitutional rights.


Fortunately, we readers of the Loudoun Times-Mirror need only look to a few issues ago, to find the guest editorial which substantiated that the statue of the courthouse was put up during the Jim Crow era, and for the express purpose of racist motivations.  So, for those like Ken Reid, and GoodOleLoudoun, we now know where you are coming from, and it is not a very good place.  Ken Reid, especially, should be ashamed of himself for advocating retaining the racist messages of the Jim Crow era.


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There you go again.  There is nothing relating this or any other statue to Jim Crow.  It only exists in your mind which wants to create it’s own truth and is void of facts.  I am no Ken Reid supporter.  But your efforts to spread lies and hate are as bad as those you claim to oppose. 

AS to the news story the two party hacks should fight against any group or individual which promotes one race over another.


“I think it’s time for the Loudoun Times Mirror to eschew screen names and not post comments unless the commenter’s real, verifiable name is published.”—loudouncommonsense

Interesting concept.


@L4T

There were actually 4 people sponsoring this resolution.

“Virginia’s two Democratic senators joined with two Republican senators to sponsor a resolution condemning white supremacists…Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine introduced the joint resolution Wednesday along with Republican Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado and Johnny Isakson of Georgia.”

But keep on squawking about an anti-fascist organization, it seems more productive right?


There is no priority to condemning hate, so “first” is a shallow attempt at a false distinction, as is the claim that people are “assaulted on a regular basis” and “progressives who peddle lie after lie.”

None of this drivel advances thought, nor drives a coming together of community.

I think it’s time for the Loudoun Times Mirror to eschew screen names and not post comments unless the commenter’s real, verifiable name is published.  The community should know their venomous neighbors as well as those who can engage in civil discourse


As hate groups go, no institution has a history more lurid and immoral than the Democratic Party itself. 

How about a resolution condemning the Democratic Party and all its sins of the past?


We should condemn all hate groups that perpetrate violence and destruction of property. Antifa, the violent arm of the Democratic party is the first hate group that we should strongly condemn. Followed by Black Live Matter who preach hatred of White America and call for the killing of Police Officers. All of which is widely documented.


Next on the agenda: measures condemning diabetes, hurricanes, and car crashes.


Isn’t this just like Randall’s ethics pledge? I would expect Trump to show more sense than our chair and throw this nonsense in the round file. There are issues happening and you want a piece of paper with signatures as your crowing achievement, c’mon Kaine/Warner?


We have seen, locally, a subtle effort by some, including Ken Reid, of the Leesburg Town Council, to advocate not moving the Jim Crow era statue from the Loudoun Courthouse, which is very disturbing.  Ken Reid has begun to attack members of the Loudoun Board of Supervisors for seeking a legislative change allowing the relocation of that statute.  Ken Reid is making a serious effort to keep that Jim Crow statue at the courthouse, allowing a continuance of the racist impact that the statue was intended to accomplish when it was first erected. Ken Reid should be ashamed of himself.


Two morons…where is the measure to condemn antifa and all hate groups—antifa are the real fascists that assault people on a regular basis…everyone knows it including the progressives who peddle lie after lie…

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