Last night, my congressman Leonard Lance issued a tweet reminding the president that there is only one side – “AGAINST white supremacists, neo-Nazis, anti-Semites & the KKK.” Compared to Rep. Tom MacArthur’s milquetoast sentiments, it was stronger, sure. Enough to get Lance a star turn on MSNBC this morning on Stephanie Ruhle, where he talked about the debt ceiling and said Trump’s remarks had “no place in the Republican Party.” I’d argue that no, the Republican Party entirely owns Trump. But that’s me; I don’t have to get re-elected as an R in a district Hillary Clinton won.
But he stopped there. It was vintage Lance. Say the right thing, the measured gentleman, but allow the bad stuff to continue, and seek party solace it in when you must.
By comparison, today three House members of varied tenure introduced a resolution to censure Trump; they were NJ’s Bonnie Watson Coleman (elected 2014), Jerrold Nadler (25 years in the House, from NY) and Pramila Jayapal (freshman from Washington).
This comes after Trump’s bizarre meltdown before the press, where he took back the deliberate and calculated words he spoke Monday about the violence in Charlottesville and returned to what he really thinks; defending white nationalists, defending their violence, attempting to shift the blame off of them.
Unlike Trump, or Lance or MacArthur, the three Democrats had no trouble naming names:
Let’s be crystal clear: in rhetoric and in policy, the Trump administration has coddled and encouraged white supremacists. At least three prominent white supremacists — Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, and Stephen Miller — have been invited to serve alongside him in the White House.
That’s why we, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, are introducing a resolution to formally censure Donald Trump for refusing to condemn the KKK and neo-Nazis and for harboring white nationalists, like Bannon, Miller, and Gorka, and calling on him to fire those advisors who cater to the alt-Right.
Yup. There’s a petition you can sign onto behind this. Sign that here.
What’s a censure? A strong, formal reprimand by Congress of an individual whose actions are beneath the dignity of the office they hold. No is one more deserving than Donald Trump who continues to preach hate from the White House.