The lower house of the California legislature voted on Friday night on a resolution to urge Congress to act against Donald Trump’s response to the white supremacy attack in Charlottesville, Virginia last month.
The resolution urges Congress to formally censure Trump over his response.
“California sent a strong message to President Trump, and the rest of the nation, that we will no longer tolerate his behavior,” California Assemblymember Tony Thurmond said in a statement.
California is urging other state legislatures to join them in condemning Trump and calling him “to publicly apologize to all Americans for his racist and bigoted behavior.”
Thurmond’s reason for introducing the resolution was because Trump “legitimized” hate groups like the KKK and neo-Nazis.
“The leader of the free world can’t continue to use language that legitimizes the actions of extremists groups that promote hate,” Thurmond in the statement. “Congress must exercise its power to check the president by voting for his immediate censure.”
Trump did sign a congressional resolution condemning hate groups, but received criticism shortly after for saying:
“We condemn the recent violence in Charlottesville and oppose hatred, bigotry, and racism in all forms,” Trump said in a signing statement accompanying the resolution.
The criticism was due to Trump’s failure to again specifically reject the groups referenced in the resolution, which were “white nationalists, white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other hate groups.”