Three CEOs Resign from Trump Council over Charlottesville Stance


[Editor’s note: The rats are leaving the sinking ship, and make no mistake, Trump is a sinking ship. He has mishandled the Charlottesville fiasco so badly that he is now reduced to refusing to answer questions about his facile, pathetic response, instead, all he can do is reply ‘you’re Fake News’. Could he look any more incompetent or pathetic?

Trump was so reticent to condemn the white supremacist scum because he knows that they are his base of support and he really doesn’t want to upset them as they are the only support he has left among the US populace.

Inadvertently, Trump has incited the white supremacist scum into declaring they are now at war and are going to take over the country, they feel they are able to make these bold statements because they have the tacit support of the President.

The KKK were solidly behind Trump and campaigned for him during the election.

If the US does descend into a race war, no-one is more guilty of causing it than Trump, surely everyone outside Trump’s white supremacist base can now see clearly how incompetent this orange buffoon is and how dangerous it is to have a bloviating narcissistic moron in the White House.

I agree with Cenk of the Young Turks – Trump should resign immediately as he has become a national disgrace. Ian]

Three CEOs Resign from Trump Council over Charlottesville Stance

The chief executives of Intel Corp, Merck & Co Inc and Under Armor Inc resigned from US President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council on Monday, following Trump’s initially tepid response to weekend violence at a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“I resigned from the council to call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues…,” Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich said in a blog post.

Kenneth Fraizer, the chief executive of drugmaker Merck and an African-American said he left the advisory council because of the president’s reaction after the violence between white supremacists and counter protesters. Frazier cited the need to “take a stand against intolerance and extremism.”

The AFL-CIO, a federation of labor unions that represent 12.5 million workers, said it was considering pulling its representative on the committee, Reuters reported.

After the white nationalist rally turned deadly on Saturday, Trump initially said that many sides were to blame. On Monday, in a statement, Trump denounced neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan as criminals and thugs, bowing to mounting political pressure as critics assailed him for not singling out white supremacists.

The CEO of under Armor, Kevin Plank, announced his resignation from the council in a Twitter posting. “We remain resolute in our potential and ability to improve American manufacturing,” said Plank. “However, Under Armor engages in innovation and sports, not politics.”

Plank was criticized last winter by some of Under Amor’s biggest stars over his support of Trump, comments that basketball star Stephen Curry echoed.

The demonstration in Charlottesville by hundreds of white nationalists took a deadly turn on Saturday when a car plowed into a group of counter protesters and killed one person.

“America’s leaders must honor our fundamental views by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal,” Frazier said in a statement announcing his resignation.

“As CEO of Merck and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism,” he said.

Trump responded shortly later in a tweet, saying, “Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”

Trump doubled down on his attack later in the day, tweeting that Merck “is a leader in higher & higher drug prices while at the same time taking jobs out of the US Bring jobs back & LOWER PRICES!”

The son of a janitor, Frazier joined Merck as general counsel of one of the drugmaker’s subsidiaries in 1992, working his way up to CEO of the company in 2011.

He made his name as the company’s top lawyer, steering it through daunting litigation over Vioxx, its widely used painkiller that was withdrawn in 2004 after being linked to heart attacks.

Many observers thought Merck would eventually have to shell out $10 billion or more to thousands of plaintiffs over the drug’s withdrawal. But Frazier’s legal strategy led to a $4.85 billion settlement in 2007, allowing Merck to refocus on its pipeline of experimental medicines.

Merck shares closed up 0.5 percent on the New York Stock Exchange, roughly in line with the wider market.

Frazier frequently made political contributions during the 2016 election, donating to both Republican and Democratic members of Congress but making no donations to a presidential candidate during the year.

The political PAC maintained by Merck and funded through donations from Merck employees made over $1.1 million in candidate contributions during the 2016 campaign – but did not contribute to Trump or his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, according to documents filed with the Federal Elections Commission.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, which represents the pharmaceutical industry and lobbies on its behalf in Congress, declined to offer a statement of support for Frazier or to comment on Trump’s reaction.

The industry’s silence comes as Trump is finalizing an executive order on drug prices that would relax industry regulation and contains measures that, some say, would protect existing drug prices or even increase them.

Individually, at least one CEO, John Maraganore of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, tweeted his support, saying he was “proud to stand with leaders like Ken Frazier.”

Other top business leaders also spoke out in response to the violence in Charlottesville.

“I support Ken Frazier’s decision. I’m thankful we have business leaders such as Ken to remind America of its better angels,” said Hewlett Packard Enterprises CEO Meg Whitman, who ran for governor of California as a Republican in 2010.

Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein tweeted: “Lincoln: ‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’ Isolate those who try to separate us. No equivalence w/ those who bring us together.”

Richard Trumka, president of the largest federation of US labor unions, the AFL-CIO, questioned the council’s effectiveness and said the group was mulling leaving.

“The AFL-CIO has unequivocally denounced the actions of bigoted domestic terrorists in Charlottesville and called on the president to do the same,” Trumka said in a statement.

Several executives from top US companies have previously stepped down from a number of presidential advisory councils in protest to Trump policies.

Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk and Walt Disney Co CEO Robert Iger left the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, a business advisory group, in June, after Trump said he would withdraw from the Paris climate accord. Musk also left the manufacturing council.

Former Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] CEO Travis Kalanick quit the business advisory council in February amid pressure from activists and employees who opposed the administration’s immigration policies.

The White House said Sunday that Trump’s remarks condemning violence at a white nationalist rally were meant to include the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi groups.

Democrats and Republicans criticized Trump for waiting too long to address the violence – his first major domestic crisis as president – and for failing when he did speak out to explicitly condemn white-supremacist marchers who ignited the melee.

Trump on Saturday initially denounced what he called “this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.”

On Sunday, however, the White House added: “The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry, and hatred, and of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi, and all extremist groups. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together.”

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  1. That’s a whole bunch a billions that just walked away. Racism is poison to big business, and the big business Prez didn’t display much Art of the deal. He could lose some republicans but the business sector is the air in the clown bus tires. This is what they call a choke. He had them at the table, and they were willing to overlook quite a few things, and he threw snake eyes. His first big “deals”, Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines are both in trouble as well. As the Business candidate, I would say, ouch. The one thing even folks who didn’t vote for him thought he might pull off, is looking like a classic choke.

  2. Here is the problem, and it applies to all white men and women. If you support those who scream about white priveledge, and they become the policy makers, they will just kill you last. That’s all.

  3. … and while Obama was bombing the poorest and sickest people in the world (Yemen) – otherwise known as genocide – nobody even dreamed of resigning due to the moral issues.

    • Trump’s support for the Saudi d-Ruler with US$110+ Billion in U.S. weapons sales (for use in Yemen+), bombing a Syrian anti-terrorist air base with NO evidence of Syria’s use of chem weapons (something that Obama never did), and threatening WW3 due to a kiddy pissing contest with North Korea’s Kim should also be sufficient grounds for Trump to resign in disgrace. He won’t. Not yet.

      Mueller & Co. will need to prosecute Trump’s family & friends for Money Laundering with the Russian Kosher Nostra, after which Congress will move to Impeach & Remove Trump. After Trump’s resignation or removal, Congress will then perp-walk Trump out of the White House… Is that OK with you? 😉

  4. Cenk/TYT to Trump: “Resign in disgrace, because you are disgraceful.”

    For now, Trump is too narcissistic to feel disgraced. Trump feels vindicated due to LOVE from neo-Nazis, KKK, white nationalists & white supremacists. But Trump’s base is shrinking — along with his hands…

    Trump will feel disgraced after his family & friends are prosecuted for Russian Kosher Nostra money laundering AND after a post-Impeachment-&-Removal Congress perp-walks Trump out of the White House.

  5. How about the police in Durham standing by watching a crowd of thugs tear down a monument to a Confederate Soldier and doing nothing? Are not they also bigoted domestic terrorists? Would they even lift a finger if a woman was being raped on the sidewalk? I hope these thugs are arrested and prosecuted and jailed for as long as the law allows. The descendants of the valiant warriors who fought Dishonest Abe’s illegal and unconstitutional Civil war have cowardly sold out their ancestors and their memory. I am sure their ancestors would disown them and shoot them on sight if they could see their unconscionable cowardly behavior today. Read this article describing all this misinformation while ignoring the real criminal, unindicted criminals Dishonest Abe, drunk Grant and psychopath Sherman who killed upwards of 1 million and raped and plundered over half the country all with zero legal or constitutional authority.
    By Roger K. Broxton of Andalusia, president of the Confederate Heritage Fund
    June 26, 2015.

    • WJ & JZ: Your KKK, neo-Nazi, white nationalist & white supremacist buddies adamantly say that the Civil War was fought for states’ rights to choose slavery, and they want to keep the Confederate monuments due to their symbolism in opposing abolition of slavery in the Civil War — no matter the truth.

      City councils & state legislatures vote to remove monuments due to dominant after-acquired pro-slavery symbolism — not due to historical truths.

      Much/Most Civil War history is a myth — on both sides. In truth, Lincoln’s General Sherman was a war criminal — as per today’s laws. Compared to Lincoln, Syria’s Assad is a saint. So what?

      The Charlottesville City Council already voted to remove the Robert E Lee statue. Not good, IMHO. Your pro-slavery buddies tried to make removal of the statue a rallying cry at their ‘Unite the Whites’ rallies. Also not good, IMHO, given the self-defeating, pro-slavery reasons given for retaining the statue.

      Your pro-slavery buddies are sullying remaining memories of what’s true & what’s not true. Defending the KKK/Nazi-favoring Maumee Maimer was the straw for your arguments — and for Trump.

      Trump should resign in disgrace. But he won’t — until Congress is ready to Impeach & Remove him (after Mueller & Co. prosecute his family & friends for Russian Kosher Nostra money laundering).

      To keep the Confederate monuments, Dump Trump! 😉

    • Trump could not have handled it any worse. He is very, very reluctant to criticise the poor white trash that make up the white supremacist/Neo-Nazi far right as that is his key base of support and if he alienates them, he has no supporters left in the US electorate.

    • With respect Dr. Susta, I think you are wrong. The Confederate States of America had every right to leave the Union and even peacefully voted to do so. Abraham Lincoln sought and did use illegal unconstitutional armed military force to prevent them from exercising their fundamental right to leave the Union. This illegal effort by Lincoln resulted in the deaths and suffering of upwards of 1 million plus the rape and plunder of over half the country all with zero legal authority. Lincoln could have said to them, “Go, you will be back in 20 years and we will welcome you back.” This would have been the simple, honorable, humane and legal way to resolve the problem and avoid all the deaths and destruction the illegal war caused, also against all the intentions of the Founders of limited federal government. Nobody ever looked back did they? How would you like to have been charged a 40% sales tax in 1861? I urge you to read my above referenced article again even if you read it the first time. It says it all. Lincoln is or was an unindicted war criminal period. He was totally in the wrong here. Best personal regards, Winfield J. Abbe, Ph.D., Physics

    • WJ: Just in case I didn’t make myself perfectly clear, I agree with you (on some stuff)! Although Lincoln achieved a good end result, his means were VERY bad.

      E.g., no matter what your goal, you don’t murder, rape &/or pillage more than +/-1 million people to get a good result. Lincoln did… Me being a fookin’ Yankee, that should mean a lot to you. 😉

      If you don’t like where you’re living, then you should & do have a virtually God/Allah-given right to leave — and take your land (esp. if 90%+ agree with you — e.g., Crimea).

      Most Yankees & supporters are deluded enough to think/say that what Lincoln, Sherman & Co. did was the ONLY way to do it. NOT true. In part, that’s why I want to keep the Confederate monuments — ‘tho Robert E. Lee NEVER wanted others to build them.

      Trump is an anomaly — totally incompetent & evil, but the only choice that many thought that they had, the less competent of two evils (now & then)… Thus, easier to dump.

      To save the Confederate monuments, Dump Trump! 😉

      P.S. When I can, I’ll contact you. But I need to get ready & able to return to Syria, Sudan & Nigeria etc. (where I’m a ‘northerner’ in all 3 — yes, a fookin’ Yankee – 😉 ). Thank you.

    • WJ: Ah, so you know something about the Burzynski stuff — and live in Georgia. The latter is no surprise. The former means that we should have run into each other on other fora. The medical establishment sucks hind tit, and southerners appear to be smart — despite what others may say (or the truth – 😉 ).

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