All 17 Members of President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities Resign After Trump’s Response to Charlottesville Violence

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The President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities submitted a resignation letter to Donald Trump on Friday, in the wake of his reaction to the violent Charlottesville events from last weekend.

The 17-member committee is an official White House agency and includes actor Kal Penn, artist Chuck Close and lawyer Vicki Kennedy, Sen. Ted Kennedy’s widow.

“The false equivalencies you push cannot stand,” wrote the committee members, presumably referring to Trump saying that both the white supremacists and the counterprotestors are to blame for Charlottesville. “We cannot sit idly by, the way that your West Wing advisors have, without speaking out against your words and actions.” The letter states that ignoring Trump’s “hateful rhetoric” would have made the committee complicit with Trump’s words and actions.


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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Lorena O’Neil