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Alongside a scathing condemnation of President Donald Trump's reaction to protests in Charlottesville, members of the president's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities told Trump of their resignation on Friday.

On Friday, actor Kal Penn tweeted the letter directly to Trump. In the letter, Kal and his colleagues called for Trump's resignation and suggested that unless they left the Committee, they, like Trump's White House advisors, would be complicit in his actions and “hateful rhetoric”:

Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions. We took a patriotic oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

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 committee members framed their resignation as a way of “speaking truth to power” and ticked off several complaints they had with Trump's agenda, including budget cuts to the arts, his transgender military ban, and his refugee ban, among other things.

“Your words and actions push us all further away from the freedoms we are guaranteed,” they said.

Their resignation came just a days after Trump announced that he would disband two of his advisory committees made up of business leaders. As was previously reported, Trump made that announcement on Wednesday, after several CEOs resigned.

According to a statement obtained by CNBC, the business leaders saw debates over their participation in the Strategy and Policy Forum as too much of a distraction:

Several CEOs, including Merck & Co. CEO Kenneth Frazier and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, quit Trump's manufacturing council after his comments regarding the situation in Charlottesville. Trump drew widespread criticism after he blamed, on Saturday, both left-wing and right-wing sides for violence in Charlottesville.

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Erik Christiansen(6 likes)  Even the best of rats are departing the sinking ship.The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, chaired by Melanija Trump, which began in 1982 under Ronald Reagan, up and quit. All of them. Every last one.In their letter of resignation, they wrote:Speaking truth to power is never easy, Mr. President. But it is our role as commissioners on the PCAH to do so. Art is about inclusion. The Humanities include a vibrant free press. You have attacked both. You released a budget which eliminates arts and culture agencies. You have threatened nuclear war while gutting diplomacy funding. The Administration pulled out of the Paris agreement, filed an amicus brief undermining the Civil Rights Act, and attacked our brave trans service members. You have subverted equal protections, and are committed to banning Muslims and refugee women & children from our great country. This does not unify the nation we all love. 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.Now, about those tax returns?
@Otisamsonite(4 likes)Goodbye, whiners and good riddance. I wonder if Kal Penn is related to Sean Penn. Statuary is art, but these turds seem to like the destruction thereof. I wonder how many would have shrieked 'freedom of speech' when years ago the government (we) paid for the sickening "Christ in Urine" piece. Not true friends of the arts it would seem. The truth is, they hate President Trump and can't or won't see the Soros meddling and the bussing in of counter-protestors to fuel the fires. Maybe they can all go to work for the DNC making propaganda posters.
VitoVino(3 likes)TRUTH has a way of outing losers. Like turning on a light and the roaches scatter.   Even MSNBC (may have been CNN I was flipping channels) the other day admitted that Trump was "technically correct" about "both sides", but that's not what folks want to hear. Yup, folks are so used to butt kissing PC when it involves any Black issue that all the MSM is pummeling Trump for not butt kissing. And somehow that makes him a racist?  No. That just exposes them as butt kissers who worship PC and are terrified to speak the TRUTH, that there was violence on both sides!