2021-02-04 19:28:18 UTC
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Former president Donald Trump has resigned from SAG-AFTRA, after the union
announced last month that it would move to expel him for his role in the attack
on the U.S. Capitol.
SAG-AFTRA announced on Jan. 19 that it would hold a hearing on whether to expel
the former president.
Trump responded in a letter to the union on Thursday, saying that the union had
done nothing for me.
I no longer wish to be associated with your union, he wrote.
In response, the union said simply: Thank you.
Trump had been a member of the guild since 1989, and had appeared as himself in
various productions, including Home Alone 2. His resignation does not prevent
him from appearing in film and TV projects, but it does signal industry-wide
disapproval that could make that socially unacceptable.
SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris initiated charges against Trump through
the unions disciplinary process, arguing that he had promoted misinformation
that led to the Jan. 6 attack. She also noted that the assault on the Capitol
had endangered journalists, some of whom are SAG-AFTRA members.
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 last month. Theres a
straight line from his wanton disregard for the truth to the attacks on
journalists perpetrated by his followers.
Under the unions constitution, the charges would have gone to a disciplinary
committee hearing. The committee has the power to issue fines, impose sanctions
or in the most severe cases order an expulsion.