Former President Donald Trump ripped Hollywood’s largest labor union in a resignation letter before a “disciplinary hearing,” asking the entertainment industry union, “Who cares!” “according to The New York Post.
Trump, faced expulsion after its national board last month ruled that he had violated the union’s constitution by allegedly endangering the lives of broadcast journalists and inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Deadline reported.
“I write to you today regarding the so-called Disciplinary Committee hearing aimed at revoking my union membership. Who cares!” Trump wrote in a signed letter to union president Gabrielle Carteris.
Trump said in his letter to Carteris, who played Andrea Zuckerman on the popular show “Beverly Hills, 90210.”
“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 wrote.
Trump then criticized the organization for having a “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?’” he wrote.
He concluded, “As such, this letter is to inform you of my immediate resignation from SAG-AFTRA. You have done nothing for me.”
In January, after the national board found “probable cause” that Trump, who has been a member for over 30 years, had “violated the union’s Constitution,” Carteris said in a statement, “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.”
The national board ordered the matter to be heard by SAG-AFTRA’s Disciplinary Committee. If found guilty by the committee, he could have been kicked out of the union.
Carteris and national executive director David White responded to Trump’s letter — with a simple “Thank you.”