Former President Donald J. Trump resigned from a union disciplinary hearing on Thursday over his role in the attack on the Capitol from the Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists of the Screen Actors Guild and attacked the group in a letter filled with complaints.
“I am writing to you today about the so-called Disciplinary Committee hearing to revoke my union membership,” Trump wrote in the letter to the union. “Who cares!” He went on to say that he would resign immediately.
Mr. Trump’s resignation was first reported on Fox News.
Mr Trump – a businessman who made several appearances in films and TV shows before entering politics, notably in “The Apprentice” – was accused by the union on January 6 of “instigating the attack on the US Capitol “And” to maintain a ruthless misinformation campaign aimed at discrediting and ultimately compromising the safety of journalists, many of whom are SAG-AFTRA members, “read a statement released last month by the union has been published.
As a result, the union committee voted on Jan. 19 to find a likely reason for Mr Trump’s breach of SAG-AFTRA’s constitution and ordered the matter to be heard by the union’s disciplinary committee. Had Mr Trump been found guilty by the committee, he would have faced sentences ranging from reprimand to expulsion.
Fox News reported and SAG-AFTRA confirmed that Mr Trump’s hearing was scheduled for this week.
“Donald Trump has attacked the values that this union holds most sacred – democracy, truth, respect for our fellow Americans of all races and beliefs and the sanctity of the free press,” said Gabrielle Carteris, the union’s president, in the last statement Month. “There is a straight line from his wanton disregard for the truth to the attacks on journalists by his supporters.”
Mr. Trump’s letter, received by the New York Times and later published by the union, was dated February 4 and addressed to Ms. Carteris. In it he blew up the organization and claimed that it had “done little for its members and nothing for me”.
“I no longer want to be associated with your union,” wrote Trump. “As such, this letter is intended to inform you of my immediate resignation from SAG-AFTRA.”
Mr Trump also used the letter to enumerate his own acting achievements and to argue that it helped the cable news business thrive. He wrote that he was “very proud of my work on films like Home Alone 2,” Zoolander, and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”; and television shows like “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Saturday Night Live.” “and of course one of the most successful shows in television history,” The Apprentice “- to name a few.”
In response to Mr. Trump’s resignation, SAG-AFTRA issued a simple two-word statement Thursday afternoon, jointly attributed to Ms. Carteris and David White, the union’s national executive director: “Thank you.”
Mr Trump’s exit from the union won’t necessarily stop him from working in film or television, but it could give employers cause to think twice before casting.
SAG-AFTRA represents around 160,000 actors, singers, journalists and other media professionals in film and television. In its January statement announcing the disciplinary hearing for Mr Trump, the union noted that reports of intimidation and physical assault against reporters during the Trump presidency escalated.