It’s entirely possible that when Congress comes back in session in just two weeks, there won’t be a single hearing scheduled to address the causes of white supremacy and domestic terrorism.
That would be a profound moral failure.
Days after the terrorist attack in Charlottesville, I said that as leaders, we should feel a sense of responsibility to do much more than simply tweet outrage, especially in light of President Trump’s appalling comments on this tragedy. No legislator should be allowed to condemn white supremacist violence on one day and simply turn a blind eye on the next.
That’s why, alongside my Democratic colleagues on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, I’m calling on Republicans to schedule hearings on violent white supremacy and other forms of hateful domestic extremism.
It would be an important first step, and I believe it’s going to take all of us making our voices heard to get it done. So I’m asking:
The federal government has a responsibility to address the rise of white supremacist violence and ensure that all our citizens are safe from domestic terrorism.
With your help, we’ll ensure this isn’t another forgotten tragedy in American history.
Thanks for all you do.
U.S. Senator, California