Truthfully, there are a vast number of honorable, ethical people who work in the pharmaceutical industry. A few bad apples, like the EpiPen fiasco, have blackened the eyes of the rest. Having spent more than 15 years working for a mid-sized, European-based pharmaceutical company, I know whereof I speak.
This morning, the Chief Executive Officer of Merck, the seventh biggest pharmaceutical company in the world, released the following statement and pinned it to their Twitter page:
— Merck (@Merck) August 14, 2017
Donald Trump lost no time at all condemning the action of Merck in the following tweet:
Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council,he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2017
Donald Trump won’t call out David Duke by name, or the KKK, or the man who murdered Heather Heyer in Charlottesville over the weekend. But he has no problem naming Ken Frazier and his company.
Three guesses why, and the first two don’t count.
The near universal condemnation of Trump’s failure to call out and name the Nazis, the white supremacists, the khaki clad KKK, has ranged from some of his staunchest supporters such as Senator Ted Cruz to a British peer of the realm.
I urge the Department of Justice to immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism. pic.twitter.com/AwJLsfUEHl
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) August 13, 2017
It is simple.#Trump should make clear his total revulsion at racism we have seen in US. He has not done so.
— Lord Nick Bourne (@lordnickbourne) August 14, 2017
The White House did attempt some damage control yesterday using an unnamed source to state that “of course” Trump’s statement included neo-nazis and the KKK. According to multiple reports, Trump’s advisors tried to get him to say this himself, but he refused to do so.
In fact, the ONLY person not denouncing Donald Trump, is David Duke, who took Trump to task yesterday and even he wasn’t completely happy:
I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists. https://t.co/Rkfs7O2Ykr
— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) August 12, 2017
(Excuse me. I need to shower after scrolling through David Duke’s Twitter page and searching articles on The Daily Stormer). But this research did reveal an interesting tidbit of information.
The internet group known as Anonymous announced on the Daily Stormer website that they have taken control of the site and will shut it down within the next 24 hours.
The simple fact of the matter is that these hate groups comprise only a small fraction of the people who have supported Donald Trump. Yes, there are a vast number of strongly conservative, life-long Republicans who have formed the base of much of Trump’s support. But most are also patriots who believe in this country and they will not stomach anyone supporting the KKK or Nazis.
Trump either overestimates the value of being endorsed by the likes of David Duke, or seriously underestimates the repugnance that nearly all Americans feel for that man, and all that he stands for.
Trump may have crossed a bridge too far in his refusal to denounce the violence committed by the alt-right in Charlottesville. If silence implies consent, then his silence is deafening.
Let us hope that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharmaceuticals is just the first of many who can no longer allow themselves or the organizations they represent be associated with Donald J. Trump. The floodgates may be opening and could drown the Trump presidency.