The entire White House Arts and Humanities Committee just resigned in protest to Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville. They also called on Trump to resign. And they coded the letter to spell out RESIST.
On Friday the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) sent a letter to Trump announcing that the entire group was resigning in protest.
All 16 members of the council signed the letter. Director George Wolfe, actor John Lloyd Young, lawyer Vicki Kennedy, and actor Kal Penn, along with 12 others, called out Trump’s “hateful rhetoric” and “support of the hate groups and terrorists” who showed up at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last weekend.
The letter not only announces the group resignation. It also calls on Trump to resign as well. And to make their position even clearer they used the first letter of each paragraph to spell out R-E-S-I-S-T.
“Reproach and censure in the strongest possible terms are necessary following your support of the hate groups and terrorists who killed and injured fellow Americans in Charlottesville,” the memo begins. “The false equivalencies you push cannot stand.”
Dear @realDonaldTrump, attached is our letter of resignation from the President's Committee on the Arts & the Humanities @PCAH_gov pic.twitter.com/eQI2HBTgXs
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) August 18, 2017
“Elevating any group that threatens and discriminates on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, disability, orientation, background, or identity is un-American,” the letter states. We cannot sit idly by, the way that your West Wing advisors have, without speaking out against your words and actions.”
The memo continues,
“Speaking truth to power is never easy, Mr. President. But it is our role as commissioners on the PCAH to do so.”
“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.”
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