An Illinois lawmaker has issued a blistering rebuke of the Tennessee General Assembly in a new resolution that calls out lawmakers here for failing twice to pass a resolution against white nationalism and neo-Nazis.
Illinois Rep. Lou Lang, a Democrat and House Deputy Majority Leader, filed the resolution Tuesday. Since then, it has picked up four sponsors — two Democrats and two Republicans.
"The Tennessee House of Representatives failed to summon sufficient moral courage and basic decency to place itself on the record against such a sinister and pernicious ideology infecting the body politic of the United States," reads the resolution.
The resolution says Tennessee's House members have been "cowed by the growing influence of white nationalists and neo-Nazis." It claims the Illinois House, in contrast, "has no fear" of the groups and "abounds in moral courage and basic decency."
For this, Lang's resolution is a word-for-word copy of the resolution that Tennessee House members would not pass. That resolution failed twice here this year.
It reads, in part, "we strongly denounce and oppose the totalitarian impulses, violent, terrorism, xenophobic biases, and bigoted ideologies that are promoted by white nationalists and neo-Nazis."
The bill was referred to the Illinois House Rules Committee Wednesday.
Read the full Illinois resolution here