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Should Congress Censure Trump Over Charlottesville Statements?

by Countable | 8.17.17

What’s the story?

The Washington Post reports three House Democrats announced Wednesday they intend to advance a resolution to formally censure President Donald Trump over his comments regarding white supremacy rallies in Charlottesville, VA. Congressional censure would only formally rebuke the president, but supporters feel it would hold the president publicly accountable for fanning the "fires of violence."

This move will likely put House Republicans in a difficult spot. GOP leaders have publicly condemned white supremacy on Twitter since the violence this past Saturday, but have not specifically condemned the president for his comments on Charlottesville.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI):

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA):

Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), however, was more direct in addressing the president’s comments:

The House has only ever censured a president twice — President John Tyler for "abusing his powers" and President James K. Polk for beginning the Mexican-American War without Congressional approval. The Senate has only censured a president once — President Andrew Jackson, for removing his Treasury Secretary. Soon after, Senate control changed party hands and the censure was expunged.

The Senate moved to censure President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky scandal, but the resolution was not successful.

The House resolution is being brought forward by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA). The three lawmakers plan to introduce the resolution during a brief "pro-forma" session of the House on Friday, according to CNN. Before the resolution can get a vote by the full House it have to go through the House Judiciary Committee.

What do you think?

Should the House of Representatives censure the president for his remarks on Charlottesville? Does a formal rebuke, unaccompanied by any other actions by Congress, really matter? If the House were to censure the president, do you think it would change anything moving forward?

Tell us in the comments, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps what you think!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: Wikimedia / Creative Commons )

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  • Wilma
    08/17/2017
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    Congress should impeach him !!!

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  • Vesna
    08/17/2017
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    This lack of basic morality must be pointed out as unacceptable in our country. The person in the presidency is dangerous and unfit to govern- censure!

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  • Timnyc
    08/17/2017
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    What are they waiting for? This man has disgraced our country and took us back 50 yrs on human rights . Discredited us on the World stage with our allies and enemies we the people must stand and be counted.

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  • Jon
    08/17/2017
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    Yes, definitely censure. His support for white supremacist grips is totally unacceptable.

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  • Cole
    08/17/2017
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    President Trump has openly condemned the white supremacist's more than once, why is everyone acting like he is supporting them. As if the Republican Party supports those acts of violence at all, can we all just get of his back and think for ourselves instead of letting the biased media think for us?

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  • operaman
    08/17/2017
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    Should Congress censure POTUS? Why? He had no part in the violence in Virginia. But I would support censure of the police department, the mayor and the Governor. These 3 branches of government has responsibility to provide safety to its citizens. It's my understanding the alt-right had a permit to demonstrate. Why? When the Antifa/BLM joined the demonstration, without permits, why were they allow to stay? When the riot began, why did the police leave? I'm not buying the story of having to put on tactical gear. Sounds like the Chief of police failed in planning. Where was the mayor? Assume he was hiding under his desk on the phone with the Chief. And the Governor? It appears he has his head up his ass and now can claim "If I knew, I would brought in the National Guard." And this it the guy wanting to be president. Worthless!

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  • Rj
    08/17/2017
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    At the very least they should censure Trump. I want them to impeach this terrible person and remove him from office. When will the people that voted for him admit their terrible mistake? It's time for Trump to go. I'm no fan of Pence but at least he is not mentally unstable.

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  • James
    08/17/2017
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    That's not going to happen. He said nothing negative! He condemned both sides.

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  • Vivian
    08/17/2017
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    Impeach him + his VP. They are both embarrassments to our great nation. This ridiculous national nightmare needs to come to an end and that will be accomplished with multiple simultaneous impeachments please.

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  • Sara
    08/17/2017
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    Our "president" has done some unbelievable things, both before and after his election, but his comments regarding the incident in Charlottesville show that he is completely unsuitable to be our leader.

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  • Janine
    08/17/2017
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    Absolutely! This man is unfit to run our country and is danger to us nationally and internationally. He has no moral fiber and does not have America's best interest at heart. He is wholly unqualified and should be impeached.

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  • Lori
    08/17/2017
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    I believe that 45 should be censured. While he eventually (and rather reluctantly) condemned Nazis and KKK, he waited too long to do it and then walked it all back the next day. There were two sides - the side of hate and the side of Democracy, however to equate the two is a false equivalent. He could have put forward a firm statement disassociating himself the KKK/Nazis (not in my name) and then spoke about what he perceived as both sides being violent. Instead, his lack of outrage made it clear to many that he is doesn't possess the morality to take a stand for the good of the American people. He is unfit for office.

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  • Brittany
    08/17/2017
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    I believe this to be a step in the right direction however this alone is no where enough action. People are outraged and horrified, not to mention humiliated on a global scale. We are to blame if nothing is done.

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  • KansasTamale
    08/17/2017
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    IN A WORD. - YES!!!!! NO PRESIDENT SHOULD TALK THE WAY HE DID. AND IF HE BELIEVES WHAT HE SAID, which it looks like he does, HE SHOULD NOT BE REPRESENTING THIS COUNTRY.

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  • Nikki
    08/17/2017
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    Sure... censor 45 but please consider a live feed of his tantrum following the news. Electoral college, big thanks guys. You've shown us that you couldn't safeguard your way out of a wet paper bag.

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  • Donna
    08/17/2017
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    Constitutional Amendment 25. He is truly unfit to lead the nation.

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  • Lola
    08/17/2017
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    Please censure! This is such a small act but needs to be done to help curb the violence

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  • Lawrence
    08/17/2017
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    Yes, Yes and Yes! Impeachment must be their next action.

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  • Nancy
    08/17/2017
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    The President isn't fit to be the leader of the Free World and this country. He must be held accountable for refusal to divest from his properties, and appointing extremists to senior level positions

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  • Mark
    08/17/2017
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    It would be a good start. It is time for Congress to let their actions speak for thenselves. If speaker Ryan and all of the rest of the members of the house can condemn racial hatred and Nazis on twitter why can't they censure our immoral, Nazi sympathizer of a president? And while we're talking about that, maybe it's time the discuss the impeachment of our traitorous, criminal, incompetent, and Nazi loving president as well.

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