President Donald Trump has preemptively quit the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists before they could carry out a threat to expel him from the union. “I no longer wish to be associated with your union,” Trump wrote. “As such, this letter is to inform you of my immediate resigning from SAG-AFTRA. You have done nothing for me,” he asserted about his 30-plus year membership.
Perhaps the 45th president is channeling the iconic movie actor, comedian, and TV star Groucho Marx, who famously once said that “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.”
The national board of the union in an overwhelming vote claimed that the ex-POTUS violated its membership guidelines apparently because of his persistent criticism of the corporate media (which the group claims is “a reckless campaign of misinformation”) and because he bears responsibility for “inciting the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6,” the latter which is the subject of some upcoming political theater in the U.S. Senate.
The former host of The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice expressed himself in his usual candid manner in the above-referenced resignation letter to SAG President Gabrielle Carteris (of Beverly Hills 90210 fame), which was obtained by Fox News.
“I write to you today regarding the so-called Disciplinary Committee hearing aimed at revoking my union membership. Who cares!”
“While I’m not familiar with your work, I’m very proud of my work on movies such as Home Alone 2, Zoolander and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps; and television shows including 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 just a few!”
He went on to describe how he gave “MSNDC” and “Fake News CNN” and other cable platforms a lifeline with his constant headline-making while in office.
“Which brings me to your blatant attempt at free media attention to distract from your dismal record as a union. Your organization has done little for its members, and nothing for me—besides collecting dues and promoting dangerous un-American policies and ideas—as evident by your massive unemployment rates and lawsuits from celebrated actors, who even recorded a video asking, ‘Why isn’t the union fighting for me?'” the president continued.
Trump was apparently alluding to this two-minute video in which various Hollywood luminaries, most of whom are very rich, complain about SAG healthcare benefits cuts.
The former president also slammed SAG for its policy failures, adding that “disciplinary failures are even more egregious.”
In announcing on January 19 the planned Trump disciplinary hearing, Carteris explained that “Donald Trump attacked the values that this union holds most sacred – democracy, truth, respect for our fellow Americans of all races and faiths, and the sanctity of the free press. There’s a straight line from his wanton disregard for the truth to the attacks on journalists perpetrated by his followers.”
In considering all the depraved activity that goes on in Hollywood and in the entertainment industry generally, bringing Trump before a disciplinary committee — in a hearing that was scheduled for sometime this week — seems rather unique.
Plus, when the dust settles, Donald Trump can write his own ticket on any media platform, rendering the SAG saber-rattling irrelevant.
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