In a fit of pique, Donald Trump resigned from his actors’ union, SAG-AFTRA. He pointed to three movies where he did a brilliant job of briefly portraying himself. The union operates on a logical basis, and have found him so wanting in character, that he will not be let back inside.
The SAG-AFTRA union voted to ban Trump from rejoining the union after he resigned last week.
President Gabrielle Carteris released a SAG-AFTRA statement noting that the union’s national board passed their resolution via a Zoom video conference. The meeting was held Sunday. She said:
‘Preventing Donald Trump from ever rejoining SAG-AFTRA is more than a symbolic step.’
‘It is a resounding statement that threatening or inciting harm against fellow members will not be tolerated. An attack against one is an attack against all.’
Actors and journalists can be members. In the middle of January, the organization announced it was “The union, whose members include actors and journalists, first announced it would initiate disciplinary hearings against Trump in mid-January.” The union accused the then-president:
‘[I]nciting the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and endangering members of the news media. 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.’
Trump resigned from SAG-AFTRA the day before the disciplinary hearing and expulsion vote was to take place. He claimed:
‘[The union] has done nothing for me.’
The union responded brilliantly with two simple words:
Trump joined the union in 1989. His work provided him a retirement of $90,776 annually in the form of a pension. He also makes an additional $8,724 for other appearances that would be covered by the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. H
Trump will continue to receive his SAG-AFTRA pension, even though he resigned.
To read the entire Screen Actors Guild statement, go to The Variety magazine.
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