In a letter announcing their resignation, several members of the President Donald Trump’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH), called on him to step down as well if he can’t vocally denounce white supremacy.
Every member of President Donald Trump’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) has resigned in protest at his comments on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
According to The Independent UK, Trump has maintained his view that “many sides” were to blame for the tragic deaths of Heather Heyer, a counter-protester to neo-Nazis, the Klu Klux Klan, and other white supremacists, as well as Virginia state police officers, H Jay Cullen and Berke MM Bates.
“Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions,” the letter read. It was posted by actor and former Obama White House administration adviser Kal Penn on Twitter.
The strongly worded letter said Trump’s values “are not American”, and when taken together, the first letters of each of the paragraphs in the letter also read “RESIST”
“Supremacy, discrimination, and vitriol 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 letter reads.
The council was composed of Penn, best-selling author Jhumpa Lahiri, painter Chuck Close, lawyer and arts consultant to the Smithsonian Jill Cooper Udall among others.
Here’s the resignation letter in full;