Former President Donald Trump resigned from SAG-AFTRA with a strongly worded letter — ahead of his disciplinary hearing.
Trump had been a member of what is the largest labor union in Hollywood for more than 30 years but faced expulsion when the national board ruled last month that he violated the union’s constitution for allegedly inciting the riots at the Capitol on January 6.
"I write to you today regarding the so-called Disciplinary Committee hearing aimed at revoking my union membership. Who cares!" Trump wrote to union president Gabrielle Carteris.
"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!” he wrote.
Trump also claimed that he helped "the cable news business," which was "said to be a dying platform with not much time left until I got involved in politics" and is responsible for the creation of jobs at MSDNC, "Fake News CNN" and other outlets.
"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?'" he continued.
"As such, this letter is to inform you of my immediate resignation from SAG-AFTRA. You have done nothing for me," he concluded.
After the demonstrations in Washington, D.C., which saw some protestors storm the Capitol, the board felt that the former President committed a violation.
"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 in January.
"There’s a straight line from his wanton disregard for the truth to the attacks on journalists perpetrated by his followers."
If SAG-AFTRA’s Disciplinary Committee held a hearing on Trump, he could have been axed from the union if he was found guilty. Trump was also accused of "sustaining a reckless campaign of misinformation aimed at discrediting and ultimately threatening the safety of journalists, many of whom are SAG-AFTRA members."
"Thank you," Carteris and national executive director David White responded to the letter.
This week, House impeachment managers requested that the former President testify at his upcoming Senate impeachment trial, which was said to be rejected by Trump’s legal team, CNN reported.
"Two days ago, you filed an Answer in which you denied many factual allegations set forth in the article of impeachment," Representative Jamie Raskin wrote to Trump. "You have thus attempted to put critical facts at issue notwithstanding the clear and overwhelming evidence of your constitutional offense. In light of your disputing these factual allegations, I write to invite you to provide testimony under oath, either before or during the Senate impeachment trial, concerning your conduct on January 6, 2021."