August 18, 2017 Last Updated 12:40 pm

Members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities resign in protest over Charlottesville statements

The White House confirms that Steve Bannon is out as Chief Strategist in the White House, his return to Breitbart is expected where he’ll likely be thorn in the president’s side

The members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities have submitted their resignation to the president following Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend. The committee is comprised of 16 members including actor Kal Penn who announced the move via Twitter (where else?).

“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,” the letter (below) reads.

“The false equivalencies you push cannot stand. The Administrations refusal to quickly and unequivocally condemn the cancer of hatred only further emboldens those who wish America ill. We cannot sit idly by, the way your West Wing advisors have, without speaking out against your words and actions. We are members of the Presidents Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH). The Committee was created in 1982 under President Reagan to advise the White House on cultural issues. We were hopeful that continuing to serve in the PCAH would allow us to focus on the important work the committee does with your federal partners in the arts and humanities for all Americans. Effective immediately, please accept our resignation from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.”

resignation letter

The resignation comes after the president disbanded two councils before all their members could resign. The American Manufacturing Council and the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum will no longer exist… and now the arts committee. It is doubtful that the president will miss them.

The actions of those outside the government are notable, if only for the lack of actions inside the government. Though there have been recent reports that Steve Bannon might get fired, so far no member of the president’s inner circle than left following his Charlottesville remarks — and though GOP Congressional leadership issued statements regarding the violence, no one had the courage to use the president’s name.

Note: The first letter in each paragraph of the resignation appears to be a message.


Being a typical Friday, there is lots of news, including reports that Steve Bannon is out as White House Chief Strategist. It is said he’ll be returning to Breitbart where who knows what mischief he will be involved with (the editor of Breitbart tweeted simply “#War”).

The news was first leaked by Matt Drudge, the confirmed by the NYT, then acknowledged by the White House. The new Chief of Staff is said to have delivered the news to Bannon, not the president himself.

Who does that leave in the White House? Generals. Not sure that is the way it is supposed to be.

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