Friday, August 18, 2017

More resignations

On an arts and humanities note:

The New York Times reports that all sixteen members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities have resigned. A dozen other members had already resigned rather than serve under Donald Trump. All members, it seems, had been appointed by Barack Obama. From the Times article: “The committee never convened under Mr. Trump, members said, and the president has not appointed members so far.”

An excerpt from the committee members’ August 18 letter of resignation:

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 first letters of the letter’s five paragraphs and closing spell R-E-S-I-S-T.

How long before resignations of far greater political consequence begin? Who will be the first Cabinet member to resign in protest?


10:20 p.m.: From The Washington Post: “In a statement late Friday, the White House claimed that Trump had decided earlier this month to disband the committee by not renewing its charter when it expires at the end of the year.”

Yeah, sure. Here we see a repeat of what happened when members of the American Manufacturing Council resigned and the members of the Strategic and Policy Forum agreed to disband: Trump dissolved the groups. You can’t resign, because I’m firing you. The committee website makes no mention of a presidential decision to disband. A picture of Melania Trump sits in the sidebar, where she is identified as both Honorary Chairman and Honorary Chair. Jeez, proofread.

comments: 5

Fresca said...

Gollee, and now Bannon's gone...
What a week!!!

Michael Leddy said...

And Carl Icahn has stepped away from his advisor position. (But because of those dang Democrats, not as a rejection of Trump.)

The Crow said...

His pet rats deserting his sinking ship. Will he do the noble thing, the honorable thing, and go down with it?

Nah...this is Trump we're talking about here! He of no honor, ignoble to the end.

The Crow said...

PS: his White House staff rats, not the people who resigned appointments on principle. Sorry if I didn't make that clear earlier.

Michael Leddy said...

No, I knew what you meant.