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CBC Launches Plan To ‘Root Out Racism’ In Trump Policies

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter

The Congressional Black Caucus announced a plan to rid Trump administration policies of “racism” during a call with reporters Monday.

Louisiana Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond, along with other members of the black caucus, discussed their “Root Out Racism” campaign that would target racism in the Trump White House and combat “discriminatory” federal policies enacted by the administration, reports NBC News.

“The people that work in the White House should not be white nationalists or white supremacists,”Richmond said during the call with reporters. “[Steve] Bannon is gone but you still have [Stephen] Miller and [Sebastian] Gorka and that still sends a horrible message and anyone else in the White House who shares those views.”

The CBC’s “Root Out Racism” plan will focus on voter suppression, Trump’s travel ban that prevents people from six countries from entering America, and a memo from Attorney General Jeff Session reversing a decision to slowly stop using private prisons.

Richmond, the chairman of the CBC, also announced that he would be discussing with other members in the next two weeks whether the caucus should join Democratic-led efforts to try and impeach Trump over his reaction to the Charlottesville, Va., riots. Trump first blamed both sides for violence during the white supremacist rally and then explicitly called out neo-Nazis and the Klu Klux Klan a day later.

“You can make an argument based on pure competency and fitness to serve, and that’s the conversation the caucus will have,” Richmond said during the conference call. “Am I concerned about high crimes and misdemeanors? Absolutely. Am I concerned about this president’s fitness to serve? Absolutely.”

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