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Citing Trump remarks, entire president's arts council quits

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published August 18, 2017 at 11:42 a.m. Updated August 18, 2017 at 1:29 p.m.

NEW YORK — Another presidential advisory committee appears to be breaking up.

Actor Kal Penn, artist Chuck Close and the entire membership of the President's Committee On the Arts and Humanities have announced their resignation. A letter dated Friday, and signed by 16 of 17 committee members, cited the "false equivalence" of President Donald Trump's comments about last weekend's "Unite the Right" gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump has blamed "many sides" for the demonstrations that left an anti-racism activist dead.

"Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions," the letter reads. "Supremacy, discrimination, and vitriol are not American values. Your values are not American values. We must be better than this. We are better than this. If this is not clear to you, then we call on you to resign your office, too."

The only member whose name did not appear was Broadway director George C. Wolfe. Representatives for Wolfe at Creative Arts Agency said Friday that he was also resigning and that his name would be added to the letter.

Earlier this week, two business advisory councils were disbanded as members left in protest.

The arts and humanities committee was established in 1982 under President Ronald Reagan and, with the first lady serving as honorary chair, works with both government and private agencies in promoting the arts. Others signing the resignation letter included Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri; and Vicki Kennedy, widow of Edward M. Kennedy. All were appointed by President Barack Obama.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

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ARMNAR says... August 18, 2017 at 12:08 p.m.

Another day, another epic Trumpfail.

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TimberTopper says... August 18, 2017 at 1:32 p.m.

At this rate Trump may need to learn to cook his own meals, as he may be alone in the WH.

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rubythecat96gmailcom says... August 18, 2017 at 4:10 p.m.

I've never been President But i would imagine that the President of the united states is privy to more information on exactly what happened in Charlottesville than anyone in an art's council. were they aware that there were ads in the local newspapers looking to hire protesters for $25.00 per hour to show up at the demonstration ?

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gohogs17 says... August 18, 2017 at 4:32 p.m.

Who cares?

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gohogs17 says... August 18, 2017 at 5:28 p.m.

Who believes Politifact anyway?

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23cal says... August 18, 2017 at 5:28 p.m.

Trump and his minions will count this as a win. The barbarians despise the arts.
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The National Endowment for the Arts entire budget is less than what it has cost to provide security for Melania in New York just this year. Trump's budget eliminated funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Priorities, priorities. Art isn't a priority to an animal.

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Slak says... August 18, 2017 at 5:32 p.m.

Fosse, Fosse left; Fosse, Fosse right.
The Fussy Fosse people quit out of spite.

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ARMNAR says... August 18, 2017 at 6:31 p.m.

ruby, I look forward to a link proving those ads exist.

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