Former President Donald Trump has resigned from the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) with a blistering letter in which he slammed the organization’s “dismal record as a union.”
Trump handed in his resignation after SAG-AFTRA threatened to expel him, with the union claiming to have found “probable cause” that the former president “violated the union’s Constitution” over the events on Capitol Hill last month.
“I write to you today regarding the so-called Disciplinary Committee hearing aimed at revoking my union membership. Who cares!” Trump wrote to SAG president Gabrielle Carteris in his letter, which was 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!” Trump added.
Not stopping there, the former president added that he “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 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,” Trump stated. “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?’”
Trump was talking about a video recorded in 2020 by stars like Whoopi Goldberg and Amy Schumer in which they criticized the union’s health plan. They alleged that almost 12,000 members of the union, many of whom they said were elderly, were about to be kicked off the plan.
Trump then ripped the union for its “policy failures,” adding that its “disciplinary failures are even more egregious.”
“I no longer wish to be associated with your union,” he wrote. “As such, this letter is to inform you of my immediate resigning from SAG-AFTRA.”
Trump concluded his letter by saying, “You have done nothing for me.”
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what we call a mic drop moment!