Trump’s arts commission resigns after Charlottesville

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President’s Committee on the Arts and
Humanities


The President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities announced
that it was disbanding Friday following President Donald Trump’s
statements on
violence during a white supremacist rally
 in
Charlottesville Saturday.

Writer Jhumpa Lahiri, “Jersey Boys” actor John Lloyd
Young, lawyer Vicki Kennedy, and actor Kal Penn, among others,
signed a letter calling out Trump’s “hateful rhetoric” and
“support of the hate groups and terrorists” that came out to
protest in Charlottesville on
August 12

The letter, which was signed by all 16 of the committee’s
members, says that they will be resigning from their position in
the White House and called on Trump to do the same.


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President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities


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President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities

To drive home the point, the members spelled out the word
“resist” with the first letter of the six paragraphs that make up
the memo.

“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
reads. “The false equivalencies you push cannot stand.”

In his initial statement Saturday, Trump
blamed “both sides
” for the violence
during  white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA
that killed counter-protester Heather Heyer. Trump later
explicitly called out white nationalists and neo-Nazis in a
statement on Monday, before again blaming both sides
during a wild Tuesday press conference
.

According to
the New York Times
, the arts committee was appointed by
President Barack Obama and never once met under Trump. While 12
members left as soon as Trump was elected, the 16 that remained
chose to stay and help fight for the arts under the new
administration.


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President Donald Trump speaks about the violence in
Charlottesville at Trump Tower.

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Now, those who remained have resigned in order to not be
complicit with, according to the memo, “all enemies, foreign or
domestic.”

“We must be better than this. We are better than this,” the
letter reads. “If this is not clear to you, we call on you to
resign your office, too.”

The arts committee joined a long list of both prominent figures,
both Republican and Democrat, who have condemned Trump’s
response to the Charlottesville attack.



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