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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Members of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities have had enough after Trump's controversial response to the violence in Charlottesville last weekend. Sixteen members of the group sent a letter to Trump Friday morning announcing their resignation. This comes after business leaders including Merck's Kenneth Frazier and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank resigned this week from the President's American Manufacturing Council. Trump, in a tweet reacting to the news, said he would disband the group himself on Wednesday. President Reagan created the Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1982 to work on cultural policy and funding initiatives. Members who resigned today include New York City painter Chuck Close and Minnesota state senator Richard Cohen.

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From the letter: "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 false equivalencies you push cannot stand. The Administrations refusal to quickly and unequivocally condemn the cancer of hatred only further emboldens those who wish America ill. We cannot sit idly by, the way your West Wing advisers have, without speaking out against your words and actions. We are members of the Presidents Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH). The Committee was created in 1982 under President Reagan to advise the White House on cultural issues. We were hopeful that continuing to serve in the PCAH would allow us to focus on the important work the committee does with your federal partners in the arts and humanities for all Americans. Effective immediately, please accept our resignation ... "

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Donald Trump does not give a ----.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2017-08-18 01:59 PM | Reply

Ivanka can tell him what art is good.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-08-18 02:21 PM | Reply

The first letter of each paragraph spells out RESIST.

#3 | Posted by RevDarko at 2017-08-18 02:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

There's an Arts Council?
I'm surprised Trump didn't put Thomas Kinkade on it.
That guy really understands the business of art!

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-08-18 02:46 PM | Reply

"We cannot sit idly by, the way that your West Wing advisors have, without speaking out against your words and actions," the letter said. "Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions."

As the letter spread through the Internet, many noticed the group used artistic license to drive home its point. The first letter of each paragraph spells out a rallying cry: RESIST.
There's a hidden message of resistance in the White House arts committee's resignation letter
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#5 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-08-20 02:10 PM | Reply

Doesn't look like it was Trump's arts council, or that they did much. One guy resigned back in January, and nobody noticed, so he did it again a few days ago.

Hopefully they don't get replaced, either. Just goes with what I've always said: most bureaucrats and bureaus can go away and notoby would really even know they were gone.

#6 | Posted by WhiteDevil at 2017-08-20 07:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Just goes with what I've always said: most bureaucrats and bureaus can go away and notoby would really even know they were gone.

#6 | POSTED BY WHITEDEVIL

Just because you aren't smart enough to see the effects, doesn't mean everyone else isn't.

#7 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-08-21 09:14 AM | Reply

#6

Yeah, who needs art and culture, right?

#8 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2017-08-21 11:10 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Really? Art and culture went away a couple of days ago?

Yes. That is a tragedy. I gave you a funny.

#9 | Posted by WhiteDevil at 2017-08-21 11:19 PM | Reply

"Really? Art and culture went away a couple of days ago?"

The body concerned with advising the Whitehouse on those issues did.

#10 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2017-08-22 02:06 AM | Reply

No shock that neither you nor this regressive administration care about that development.

#11 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2017-08-22 02:11 AM | Reply

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