White House Arts Panel Resigns Over Trump’s Charlottesville Statements

The members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned en masse on Friday, citing President  Trump’s statements equating hate groups with counterprotesters after the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Va., according to the arts panel’s resignation letter.

“The false equivalencies you push cannot stand. The Administration’s refusal to quickly and unequivocally condemn the cancer of hatred only further emboldens those who wish America ill,” reads the letter. “Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions.”

The group advises the White House on cultural issues and works directly with the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, according to the group’s website. The first lady, Melania Trump, serves as the honorary chairman of the committee.

Earlier this week, several business leaders resigned from two economic advisory panels to the president over his statements on Charlottesville, prompting Mr. Trump to cancel both councils.

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