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Kal Penn, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Rest of President’s Arts Committee Resign in Protest of Trump’s Response to Charlottesville

August 20, 2017
Kal Penn (left) and Jhumpa Lahiri (right) joined the rest of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in a mass resignation in protest of the president’s remarks following the violence in Charlottesville. (Photo credit: IMDB / Wikipedia)

Yesterday, all seventeen private members of President Trump’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities jointly resigned in protest of the president’s shocking equivocation on white supremacist violence in Charlottesville.

In a joint letter, the private members of the Committee on the Arts and the Humanities criticized the president for the president’s remarks in the wake of last weekend’s white supremacist violence, which left one woman and three police officers dead and several other civilians injured. In a blistering letter addressed to the president (that really must be read in full to be appreciated), the Committee’s members wrote:

The Administration’s refusal to quickly and unequivocally condemn the cancer of hatred only further emboldens those who wish America ill. We cannot sit idly by, the way that your West Wing advisors have, without speaking out against your words and actions.

…Supremacy, discrimination, and vitriol are not American values. Your values are not American values. We must be better than this. We are better than this. If this is not clear to you, then we call on you to resign your office, too.

The full letter (after the jump) was shared by Committee member Kal Penn on his Twitter, where it has already been retweeted nearly 9,000 times.

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‘Designated Survivor’ Recap: Season 1, Episode 7, ‘The Traitor’

November 17, 2016
Maybe everyone in Trump Tower should start watching this show. (Photo Credit: ABC/Ben Mark Holzberg)
Maybe everyone in Trump Tower should start watching this show. (Photo Credit: ABC/Ben Mark Holzberg)

By Guest Contributor: Lakshmi Gandhi (@LakshmiGandhi)

‘He doesn’t have security clearance! This is why security clearances are important! This episode is more relevant than the producers probably realize!’

Those were my first thoughts while watching last night’s episode of Designated Survivor.

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‘Designated Survivor’ Recap: Season 1, Episode 6, ‘The Interrogation’

November 10, 2016
President Kirkman is in the hot seat. (Photo Credit: ABC/Ben Mark Holzberg)
President Kirkman is in the hot seat. (Photo Credit: ABC/Ben Mark Holzberg)

By Guest Contributor: Lakshmi Gandhi (@LakshmiGandhi)

“I think that I can affect change and promote unity… We need to move forward together.”

Those were the words of President Tom Kirkman during a pivotal moment of last night’s episode of Designated Survivor.

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‘Designated Survivor’ Recap: Season 1, Episode 5, ‘The Mission’

October 27, 2016
There was a lot of brooding this episode. Photo Credit: ABC/Sven Frenzel
There was a lot of brooding this episode. Photo Credit: ABC/Sven Frenzel

By Guest Contributor: Lakshmi Gandhi (@LakshmiGandhi)

Remember when Designated Survivor first began and I was extremely impressed by the newly-inaugurated president’s reluctance to go to war? President Tom Kirkman has apparently gotten over those scruples, as viewers instantly saw on Wednesday night.

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‘Designated Survivor’ Recap: Season 1, Episode 4: “The Enemy”

October 13, 2016
This is President Kirkman's "I'm fed up" face. Photo credit: ABC/Ben Mark Holzberg
This is President Kirkman’s “I’m fed up” face. Photo credit: ABC/Ben Mark Holzberg

By Guest Contributor: Lakshmi Gandhi (@LakshmiGandhi)

On this week’s Designated Survivor, President Kirkman struggled with whether or not federalizing Michigan’s National Guard was a good idea, dealt with a rogue general who wanted to rush into war, and continued to defend the right of American Muslims to protest.

I don’t know about you, but watching the whole jam-packed episode felt like a refreshing break after the depressing whirlwind that was Election Twitter last night.

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