President Joe Biden orchestrated what is being characterized as a “purge” of Trump appointees at the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts on Tuesday when he announced that he will appoint four new members to the office that oversees the design and architecture of federal buildings in Washington, D.C.
The current chair of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts said that he and three other commissioners were given the option to resign or be fired by the Biden administration, according to NPR.
“Should we not receive your resignation, your position with the Commission will be terminated effective 6:00 pm tonight,” the letter reportedly read.
Commission chair Justin Shubow was appointed by then-President Donald Trump in 2018, and he told NPR that no commissioner has ever been removed from the agency in its 110-year history — then again, woke America has only been around for a year or so.
“I was shocked and dismayed to learn that three of my fellow commissioners, along with myself, have been asked to resign or be terminated by the President,” Shubow said in a statement. “In the Commission’s 110-year history, no commissioner has ever been removed by a President, let alone the commission’s chairman. Any such removal would set a terrible precedent.”
Those being purged have a couple of things in common, aside from being appointed by Trump for four-year terms. The first being that they are all white males.
As Bloomberg reported in December, “all seven members of the Commission on Fine Arts are now white men…. Trump’s fully staffed commission is the first to include only men since 1963 and the first all-white one in a decade.”
The second thing they have in common is that they helped craft an executive order signed by the former president in December to promote neoclassical architecture as the official style for federal buildings in Washington and at new federal courthouses.
This being “controversial” on the left, as the Trump appointees “are deeply steeped in yesteryear’s European art forms,” Bloomberg reported.
“If Black architects are not included in offering some of that work, then we could, as has been the case in the past, be written out of history, and there would be no account of our lens through which we see the society and the world,” R. Steven Lewis, former president of the National Organization of Minority Architects, said at the time.
Who knew making federal buildings “beautiful” again, as the executive order stated, was a racial issue?
“President Biden is proud to nominate this extremely qualified and well-respected group of professionals to the Commission on Fine Arts,” a White House official said. “They will bring to the commission a diversity of background and experience, as well as a range of aesthetic viewpoints.”
The new Biden appointees include a white male, a black male, a white female, and an Asian female — how’s that for diversity.
More from NPR:
The four are Peter Cook, a principal at HGA Architects whose past projects include the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture; Hazel Ruth Edwards, a professor and chair of Howard University’s Department of Architecture; Justin Garrett Moore, the inaugural program officer of the Humanities in Place program at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and Billie Tsien, a partner at Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, whose firm designed the Barack Obama Presidential Center.
It seems there are no limits to the left’s hatred of all things Trump or the troubling trend of targeting white males in America.
Here’s a sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
now architecture is offensive.
— Seamus (@irelandrefuge) May 25, 2021
Anything displaying elegance, beauty in symmetry, and the dignity of civilization must be destroyed and canceled.
— 1v1 me in Tony Hawks Pro Skater PS2 online U won’t (@WatsIt2yabish) May 25, 2021
Because everything Trump likes is bad to these people. If he said his favorite color was blue, there would be 20+ articles on why blue is bad and fascist.
— Rebecca Tucker (@RebeccaTucker85) May 25, 2021
I guess we will be building concrete monoliths like they had in other socialist countries.
— Dave Burgess (@daverburgess) May 25, 2021
On what planet should it be “controversial” to want the buildings in our nation’s capitol to be beautiful and not blocks of concrete?
The only reason it was at all “controversial” was that it was proposed by DJT. That’s it. You think we’re idiots and can’t figure that out.
— Reine (@ReineDeTout) May 26, 2021
Just smell that bipartisanship – really reaching across the aisle, bring the country together
— Mosquito Pass Rickshaws, Inc. (@SnifferWine) May 26, 2021
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