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House Democrats Push Trump to Fire Staffers Who Support White Supremacy

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House Democrats introduced a resolution Tuesday calling on the Trump administration to dismiss any employees who have shown support for white supremacy, the Hill reports. The resolution came after the president failed to immediately condemn white nationalists in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville over the weekend.

"When the president fails to swiftly condemn white supremacist terrorism, it's imperative that Congress steps up and says clearly: Hate is not welcome, hate is un-American and we will strongly resist hate wherever it appears," Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington), who spearheaded the resolution, said in a statement. More than 30 Democrats support the resolution.

The contingent is pressuring Trump to fire any employees "who have supported or encouraged support for White supremacists," including chief strategist Steve Bannon, senior adviser Stephen Miller, and national security aide Sebastian Gorka. Even before the resolution was introduced, reports began circulating that Bannon's role at the White House was under intense scrutiny by Trump's new Chief of Staff John Kelly.

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