RNC adopts resolution condemning white supremists

Meeting in Nashville, the Republican National Committee on Friday unanimously approved a resolution condemning Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan, a move that comes just two weeks after President Donald Trump was widely criticized for going easy on white supremacist groups involved in the Charlottesville, Virginia, protests.

Further from Politico:

Some GOP officials privately scoffed at the idea that the party felt the need to officially condemn the KKK in 2017. But the move by the GOP’s official political arm — signed off on by the White House ahead of time — underscores the level of concern within the party over Trump’s comments on the protests and the impact they could have on the party heading into the 2018 midterm election.

The resolution, sponsored by RNC member Bill Palatucci of New Jersey, states that “the racist beliefs of Nazis, the KKK, white supremacists and other like-minded groups are completely inconsistent with the Republican Party’s platform,” and that “the view that the color of one’s skin determines or should determine one’s standing, rights, opportunities, or duties to others is not consistent with the philosophy of the Republican Party.”

It adds: “The racist beliefs of the Nazis, the KKK, white supremacists and others are repulsive, evil, and have no fruitful place in the United States.”

… To underscore the peril confronting the party, the RNC’s chairwoman, Ronna Romney McDaniel, used a substantial part of her speech during Friday’s closing session to highlight the GOP’s opposition to extremist groups — even as she avoided any criticism of Trump.

“Last week, I joined the president in speaking out strongly against any group that uses hate or violence,” Romney McDaniel said.

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