Former President Donald Trump parted ways with the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, one of Hollywood’s largest labor unions, writing in a bombastic letter that slams the union board for doing “nothing for me” besides “promoting dangerous un-American policies and ideas,” after they threatened to expel his membership in the wake of the Capitol riot.
“I write to you today regarding the so-called Disciplinary Committee hearing aimed at revoking my union membership,” Trump wrote in a resignation letter Thursday. “Who cares!”
“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?'” Trump added.
The video Trump referenced to was a video from many famous actors like Mark Hammill, Whoopi Goldberg and Morgan Freeman, among others, who slammed the union’s health plan benefit cuts in a video posted last year.
The former president’s letter is read with his signature tone that ridicules SAG union’s president and actress, Gabrielle Carteris for being an unknown and for having “egregious” disciplinary membership guidelines. Trump also praised himself, reminding the union president of the small cameo roles he has once played in various movies along with one of the most successful shows he took part in – The Apprentice.
“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!”
The SAG-AFTRA board voted “overwhelmingly” in January that it believes Trump has “violated the union’s Constitution” and his membership will be reviewed by SAG-AFTRA’s Disciplinary Committee. The national board charged Trump for “inciting the attack on the U.S. Capitol” and “sustaining a reckless campaign of misinformation aimed at discrediting and ultimately threatening the safety of journalists, many of whom are SAG-AFTRA members.”
“In a special session today, SAG-AFTRA’s National Board voted overwhelmingly to find probable cause of a violation of SAG-AFTRA’s Constitution by member Donald J. Trump, and ordered the matter to be heard by SAG-AFTRA’s Disciplinary Committee as required by the SAG-AFTRA Constitution,” the SAG-AFTRA National Board statement wrote.
Disciplinary action can only be taken if Trump is “found guilty after a hearing before the Disciplinary Committee.”
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.”
Trump attacked the disciplinary moves as a “blatant attempt at free media attention to distract from your dismal record as a union.”
“I no longer wish to be associated with your union,” Trump wrote. “As such, this letter is to inform you of my immediate resigning from SAG-AFTRA,” Trump wrote.
“You have done nothing for me,” he concluded.
Shortly after Trump’s letter, the union released a concise statement Thursday: “Thank you.”
Trump had been a member of SAG since 1989.