Trump leaves SAG-AFTRA after union crackdown on Capitol riot
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He still can’t tweet, but the former president was quick to deliver a sharp resignation letter to a union representing actors, broadcasters and performing artists after the group threatened to remove him.
Trump wrote the brief message on Thursday that he was leaving SAG-AFTRA after the union took steps to potentially revoke his membership for instigating the deadly January 6 riot in the U.S. Capitol.
“Who cares!” Trump wrote to SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Cateris, who published the letter publicly shortly after receiving it.
“Although I’m unfamiliar with your work, I take great pride in 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! “Trump wrote.
Trump, who was President of the United States until Jan. 20, then boasted, “I’ve also been a huge help to the cable news television business (supposedly a dying platform that doesn’t have much time to get involved in politics) and under created thousands of jobs on networks like MSDNC and Fake News CNN. “
Trump’s letter deliberately misspelled the left-wing MSNBC to link it to the Democratic National Committee.
President Donald Trump is featured on a screen speaking to supporters during a rally to contest US Congress certification of the 2020 US presidential election results on January 6, 2021 in Washington.
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Cateris, a former Beverly Hills 90210 star, filed charges against Trump with the union’s National Board last month for finding a likely reason for violating the organization’s constitution.
Carteris accused Trump of sparking the Capitol uprising and running a misinformation campaign that discredited and threatened the safety of journalists, many of whom are SAG-AFTRA members, the group noted in a statement.
Trump faced possible penalties ranging from reprimand to deportation if found guilty by the union’s disciplinary committee.
This is a small penalty compared to the possible life-long ban Trump is facing from the federal office – including the presidency – on his upcoming second impeachment trial in the Senate.
As with the union, in the Senate case, Trump is accused of instigating the uprising that broke thousands of his supporters into the halls of Congress to overthrow President Joe Biden’s election. Five people died in the riot, including a Capitol policeman who was beaten to death by the crowd.
In his angry letter to Cateris, Trump called the union’s action against him “your obvious attempt to get the attention of the free media to distract from your grim record as a union”.
“Your organization has done little for its members and nothing for me – other than collecting fees and promoting dangerous un-American policies and ideas – which is evident in your massive unemployment rates and lawsuits from famous actors, including a video with the question of ‘why struggles the union not for me? ‘”Trump wrote.
“However, these are policy errors. Your disciplinary errors are even more egregious,” he added.
“I no longer want to be associated with your union. Therefore, this letter is intended to inform you of my immediate resignation from SAG-AFTRA. You have done nothing for me.”
After SAG-AFTRA received his letter, he replied to Trump in two words.
“Thank you,” wrote the group.
Trump’s letter is one of his longest statements in weeks.
Twitter, which Trump used to obsessively communicate with followers, used US politics and berated people and companies who had drawn his anger, and last month banned it permanently “because of the risk of further incitement to violence,” it said Companies.
Trump had been a member of the Acting Union since 1989 and had appeared in a number of films as himself. His resignation does not prevent him from appearing in future film or television projects.
Several people in show business have said that Trump would demand cameos in films that showed his features.
Director Adam McKay said in 2018 that he made a Trump cameo for his 2010 comedy “The Other Guys” because it included Trump Tower.
McKay said he cut the Trump scene because it was “too cheesy”.
Actors Matt Damon and Chris O’Donnell previously shared anecdotes about a similar consideration from Trump.
Macaulay Culkin, the star of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, tweeted “Bravo” last month when a fan of the film posted an edited version of Culkin’s scene at the Plaza Hotel in which his character Kevin Trump asks directions into the lobby.
The version published on Twitter had cut out Trump’s picture.