The backlash against President Trump has been running rampant since the day he was elected into office. Now, seemingly for no reason, things have gotten worse.
All 17 members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities have resigned from their positions due to “controversial” remarks made by the president following the Charlottesville attack, according to the official resignation letter originally posted by Kal Penn. Oddly enough, the group has never met with President Trump, and was initially put together by Former President Obama.
The letter stated, “Reproach and censure in the strongest possible terms are necessary following your support of the hate groups and terrorists who killed and injured fellow Americans in Charlottesville.” You can’t help but notice the blatant irony of this particular statement.
During the first press conference the president held over the rallies, no one knew the identity of the person who intentionally struck pedestrians with their car. There was still a lot of speculation, but nothing could be stated factually.
Once the identity of James Fields surfaced, and we got a look into his past, he and his affiliates were condemned by the president in the next press conference he held. This alone ruins one of PCAH’s core reasons for resigning.
In an attempt to make their message even more “anti-Trump,” the group spelled out the word “resist” with the first letter of every paragraph in the resignation letter. The goal was to provoke the president.
Following the resignation, the White House released a statement claiming that President Trump would have wound up disbanding the council anyway. This should not be a surprise to many, considering his plans to dismantle the Strategy and Policy Forum, as well as other useless government bodies. They did him a favor.
It is important to note that the PCAH is not connected to the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities. Instead, the group works on education and cultural ambassadorship for the arts. People have been confusing the two groups because, until now, PCAH hasn’t been on anyone’s radar. They’re a mostly-inactive and unneeded group with little to no contributions to speak of.
The Obama-era group serves little purpose, aside from using taxpayer dollars. Trump’s decision to disband the group was likely delayed thanks to the media’s false claims of Russian interference in our elections, and now, accusations of racism.
Everyone in the group signed the letter. The only person who signed the letter after the tweet was first issued was member George C. Wolfe. The group has not met to “work” once under the Trump Administration.
History has, in fact, been made with this mass resignation. The PCAH is officially the first White House agency to completely disband under President Trump, which follows right along with his message of draining the swamp in Washington.
It’ll be interesting to see how things pan out from here, but in truth, groups leaving the White House who were never all that effective or necessary in the first place is something we can all get behind. The swamp is helping to drain itself.