On the eve of his first presidential debate with Hillary Clinton, President Donald Trump has been under scrutiny for refusing to disavow white supremacist groups.
But that could change if his administration takes actions to remove Trump from office, the president’s lawyer said in an interview Thursday.
“I think it’s going to be a pretty significant moment,” said Robert Kelner, the executive director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Antifa Action Project.
“It’s going a long way to make clear what he’s willing to do.”
Kelner said Trump’s refusal to disavowing white supremacist group Aryan Nations or disavow neo-Nazis and KKK leaders has been “a consistent theme” in the past, and “has been the key to his presidency.”
He said he is confident the president will be removed from office.
“If they’re removing him from office,” Kelner said, “it’s not going to matter who he appoints to run the country.”
But Kelner warned that removing the president from office may be difficult.
“It’s a very difficult question,” he said.
“There’s no way of knowing.
And I think it will take a very, very significant act of Congress to remove him from the White House.”
The president has faced a barrage of criticism for his failure to disavote white supremacist organizations, as well as for his silence on a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month.
The president did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Kelger said the president would be the first president in the history of the United States to be removed for not disavowing any group.
He said the United Nations’ Security Council should pass a resolution condemning white supremacy and all those who promote violence against groups of people on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation.
“He should be removed because he’s a bad leader, not because of anything he’s done,” Kelger said.