Donald Trump’s days in the Screen Actors Guild are over. The former president resigned from SAG-AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) on February 4 in a letter addressed to the guild’s president, Gabrielle Carteris. Trump had been a member of SAG since 1989, according to Fox News.
His letter of resignation came after SAG-AFTRA National Board ordered a disciplinary hearing for Trump following the January 6 insurrection on the Capitol. “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 on January 19. “There’s a straight line from his wanton disregard for the truth to the attacks on journalists perpetrated by his followers.”
However, Trump, who has mostly portrayed characters named Donald Trump in movies and on television, took matters into his own hands, and walked out of the organization on his own. The letter was printed on stationery with a bald eagle holding olive branches and arrows on the top. “Ms Carteris: I write to you today regarding the so-called Disciplinary Committee hearing aimed at revoking my union membership. Who cares!” Trump began his letter obtained by Fox News.
“While I’m not familiar with your work, I’m very proud of my work on movies such as Home Alone 2, Zoolander and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps; and television shows including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Saturday Night Live, and of course, one of the most successful shows in television history, The Apprentice—to name just a few!
“I’ve also greatly helped the cable news television business (said to be a dying platform with not much time left until I got involved in politics) and created thousands of jobs at networks such as MSDNC [sic] and Fake News CNN, among many others.
“Which brings me to your blatant attempt at free media attention to distract from your dismal record as a union. Your organization has done little for its members, and nothing for me—besides collecting dues and promoting dangerous un-American policies and ideas—as evident by your massive unemployment rates and lawsuits from celebrated actors, who even recorded a video asking, ‘Why isn’t the union fighting for me?’
“These however, are policy failures. Your disciplinary failures are even more egregious.
“I no longer wish to be associated with your union. As such, this letter is to inform you of my immediate resigning from SAG-AFTRA. You have done nothing for me.
“Regards, Donald J. Trump,” he concluded his letter. Trump currently awaits the start of his second impeachment trial on February 9.
When contacted for a comment about Trump’s letter, SAG-AFTRA shared the following statement with Newsweek regarding Trump’s resignation: “Thank you.”
Newsweek reached out to Trump but did not hear back in time for publication.