Former President Donald Trump parted ways with the Screen Actors Guild in a bombastic letter Thursday as he was facing disciplinary measures with the union.
The union’s board voted in January to refer Trump to the union’s disciplinary committee, citing his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection that left at least six people dead and “a reckless campaign of misinformation aimed at discrediting and ultimately threatening the safety of journalists, many of whom are SAG-AFTRA members,” according to a Jan. 19 news release.
If found guilty by the disciplinary committee, penalties could include censure, fines and expulsion.
But Trump dropped out of the union before it could consider any of those moves. His Thursday letter, with Trump’s signature tone and exclamation points, derided the union’s president, Gabrielle Carteris, as having done “nothing for me – besides collecting dues and promoting dangerous un-American policies and ideas.” He also praised himself, claiming he “greatly helped” the cable TV business and celebrating small cameo roles he’s played in various movies.
“Who cares!” Trump wrote of the disciplinary committee. “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!”
Trump attacked the disciplinary moves as a “blatant attempt at free media attention to distract from your dismal record as a union.”
“As such, this letter is to inform you of my immediate resignation from SAG-AFTRA. You have done nothing for me,” he wrote.
Fox News first reported Trump’s withdrawal from the union.
The charges against Trump were initiated by the union’s national executive director, David White, at Carteris’ behest. In the charges, White specifically requested Trump’s expulsion from the union.
“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,” Carteris said in a statement at the time. “There’s a straight line from his wanton disregard for the truth to the attacks on journalists perpetrated by his followers.”
Following Trump’s resignation, the union issued a concise statement Thursday: “Thank you.”
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