Senator John McCain, R-Ariz. has always been a big proponent of drafting bipartisan legislation. He calls for Republicans to ‘reach across the aisle’ to their Democratic brothers and sisters at every opportunity.
But does doing so yield a good result?
Recently, the Senate on both sides came together to draft a joint resolution aimed at condemning the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia which took the lives of Heather Heyer and two first responders.
The resolution’s stated purpose, in pertinent part, is for:
“Condemning the violence and domestic terrorist attack that took place during events between August 11 and August12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia, recognizing the first responders who lost their lives while monitoring the events, offering deepest condolences to the families and friends of those individuals who were killed and deepest sympathies and support to those individuals who were injured in the attack, expressing support for the Charlottesville community, rejecting White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other hate groups, and urging the President and the President’s Cabinet to use all available resources to address the threats posed by those groups.”
Noticeably absent was any mention of Antifa by name.
The resolution continues with details of those in attendance at the demonstration the night before and leading up to the events that lead to Heyer and two responders being killed.
At no time does the resolution identify Antifa’s part in the demonstrations the day before or even the day of the scheduled event.
The resolution also fails to recognize what a Townhall writer concludes.
“There would have been no violence had Antifa vermin respected the right of their opponents to peacefully assemble. That this is the truth is borne out by the following considerations:
(a)Some of the rally attendees met the previous night for their march through the campus of the University of Virginia. They exponentially outnumbered the few “anti-fascists” that heckled them. Had the “white supremacists” been looking to rumble, they could have crushed their antagonists. Yet there was no violence….”
In addition, the resolution “urges” President Trump and his administration to “speak out against hate groups that espouse racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and White supremacy.”
Trump has already addressed these hate groups when he condemned “all” who were involved in the violence. However, Democrats and some Republicans didn’t feel his condemnation was adequate.
The resolution also calls for the “President and the President’s Cabinet to address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the United States…”
The Department of Homeland Security formally classified Antifa’s activities as “domestic terrorist violence,” during the last year of Obama’s administration, according to POLITICO.
Why then is Antifa’s group absent from the bipartisan resolution?
In order to address the “prevalence of those hate groups,” all hate groups, especially those with a history of violence should be clearly named.
The FBI and DHS named Antifa as the primary instigators of violence at public rallies who target police and government institutions and others.
Leaving them off of the list would suggest that Antifa is not considered a hate group by the Senate, clearly sending the wrong message to Antifa and those who have come face to face with their violence.
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