The torch rally by white supremacists in Charlottesville, CA. Image from ABC video

Rep. Scott Peters is joining other Democrats and possibly a few Republicans in a move to censure President Trump over his failure to condemn white supremacists after last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, VA.

Trump on Tuesday said both sides were responsible for the violence which left one person dead, and asserted there were “good people” among the white supremacists who marched with torches and chanted “Jews will not replace us” in an echo of Nazi Germany.

The censure resolution will be formally introduced on Friday when the House of Representatives is next in pro-forma session.

“The hatred and violence we saw erupt in Charlottesville does not reflect who we are as a country,” said Peters. “There is only one side: the one of respect, justice, and kindness. The hateful, malicious tone set by Donald Trump—from his campaign, to his presidency, to his tweets—is only dividing us as a country. It shouldn’t take an act of Congress or public shaming for President Trump to know he’s on the wrong side.”

The resolution also condemns the president for employing White House staff with ties to the white supremacist movement and urges him to fire advisors who may cater to the movement in the United States.

A censure isn’t impeachment, but it would be a very strong rebuke to the President, especially if a number of his own party members vote for it.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.