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Congress challenges Trump to address white supremacy

Legislators pass resolution condemning hate groups and call on president to deal with threat in wake of Charlottesville.
The United States Congress has unanimously passed a resolution condemning neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and other white supremacists, and urging President Donald Trump to address hate groups after last month's deadly racially-charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Tuesday's joint resolution, which describes the killing of a 32-year-old woman as a "domestic terrorist attack", calls on the Trump administration to improve data collection on hate crimes and speak out against increasingly prevalent hate groups.
Last month, hundreds of white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville under the banner "Unite the Right" over the city's planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee.
They clashed with the city's residents, anti-racist protesters and anti-fascists. 
During the rally, a man with links to a white supremacist group rammed his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters, killing Heather Heyer and injuring more than a dozen others.
Trump was criticised for his response to the violence and the rally, in which he asserted there were good people on "both sides" and bemoaned efforts to remove Confederate monuments as an attack on American "history and culture".
He also said that there were "very fine people" among the white supremacists attending the rally. 

'No place for hate'

The House of Representatives unanimously approved the measure on Tuesday, after the Senate did so a day earlier. It now goes to Trump for his signature.
Legislators from Virginia said Congress spoke with "a unified voice" to unequivocally condemn the unrest in which Heyer was killed.
The measure recognises and offers condolences for the deaths of Heyer and two emergency responders killed in a helicopter crash while monitoring the rally, as well as 19 people injured in the violence.
"I hope this bipartisan action will help heal the wounds left in the aftermath of this tragedy and send a clear message to those that seek to divide our country that there is no place for hate and violence," House Democrat Gerry Connelly said.

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