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Charlottesville mayor: President Trump 'never called' after violent protests

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said he was told that President Donald Trump would call after last weekend's demonstrations, but he has not heard from the president. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer (D) said Tuesday that President Donald Trump has yet to call him regarding to the violent protests that broke out in the Virginia city last weekend.

"I got a call on Saturday that he was going to call and an aide was in touch with me and said that I should expect a call, and that never came," Signer told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "I was asked on Monday — sitting down with our congressman here — asked if I would take a call from the president. I said 'of course, of course I would.' And still have not heard."

Trump has received flack from both sides of the aisle for his response — or lack there of — to the events in Charlottesville. Some believe he wasn't quick enough to condemn white supremacy groups. Others feel he didn't condemn them at all.

Then there are people in the middle who, like the president, believe both sides had a part in the violence and all violence and racist groups should be condemned.

The response Trump has received is a prime example of an overarching problem our country is currently facing. How do we remember our history and where we've come from without making the mistake of repeating it? Is it possible for the U.S. to commemorate what our nation has endured without condoning every single aspect of history, including slavery and blatant racism?

Here are a few proposed solutions:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suggested legislation that would remove Confederate statues from the United States Capitol.

"The Confederate statues in the halls of Congress have always been reprehensible," Pelosi said in a statement. "If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, I call upon Speaker [Paul] Ryan to join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capitol immediately."

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) submitted a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, urging them to hold a hearing on "issues related to civil rights and democracy."

According to Issa, the committee has "a unique duty to examine the impact recent displays of hatred from white supremacist groups have on civil rights in America."

"While Congress cannot legislate respect, decency, or acceptance of others, we have an obligation to use our platform to lead our country forward on these matters," Issa said.

(H/T: The Hill)

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