By Ben Lewis
The entire membership of the President Trump’s Committee On the Arts and Humanities resigned in the wake of his response to Charlottesville. In a letter dated Friday, August 18th, the members declare that “we cannot sit idly by, the way that your West Wing advisors have, without speaking out against your words and actions.”
This mass resignation comes in the wake of business leaders, led by Merck’s Kenneth Frazier, resigning early this week from the President’s American Manufacturing Council. In the immediate aftermath of those resignations, the President initially indicated that they were easily replaceable.
For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place. Grandstanders should not have gone on. JOBS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2017
However, less than 24 hours later he announced that he’d be dissolving the Council altogether.
Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2017
Today’s letter issues a direct and harsh rebuke of the President. The first letter of each paragraph spells out “Resist,” and the body includes numerous remonstrances such as
Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions. We took a patriotic oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
It closes by calling upon the President to either change his ways or resign:
Supremacy, discrimination, and vitriol are not American values. Your values are not American values. We must be better than this. We are better than this. If this is not clear to you, then we call on you to resign your office, too.
The Council was created in 1982 under President Reagan. The entire letter is below.