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Is this real life? Republicans in Congress are considering a resolution that would officially condemn “both sides” of the Charlottesville violence, which resulted in a right-wing neo-Nazi admirer driving his car at high speed into a crowd of protesters, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. 

From The Hill:

The House, the document reads, “strongly condemns racism, intimidation, and violence by all groups — regardless of their political affiliation or political motivation — that engage in such conduct, including the recent violence committed by the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and others in Charlottesville, Virginia.”

The resolution urges that “all perpetrators of the violence … be held accountable and brought to justice,” while emphasizing the constitutional right of groups to express “free speech and peaceful assembly.”  

Emphasis added. Why would members of Congress twist themselves into knots to blame both sides for this violence? Nobody in the House is taking credit for this terrible, no-good, infuriating resolution but Democrats are balking at the idea of “both sides” are at fault:

“This resolution is a nonstarter for Democrats,” said a Democratic aide. “It equates neo-Nazis and white supremacists with counterprotestors, and reeks of the same moral equivalence as Trump’s statements.”

It’s unclear who penned the document or how close the Republicans are to finalizing it.

After this resolution loses, look for Republicans to start erecting statues of the terrible, no good idea. After all, it’s their heritage of freedumb. 

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