In light of Trump’s failure to directly address white supremacy in Charlottesville on Saturday, five CEOs have resigned from his “American Manufacturing Council.” The latest, Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, just tweeted: “I’m resigning from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative because it’s the right thing for me to do.”
Earlier, Kenneth Frazier, the CEO of Merck, resigned because he needed to “take a stand against intolerance and extremism.”
Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich said yesterday:
…I resigned to call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues, including the serious need to address the decline of American manufacturing. Politics and political agendas have sidelined the important mission of rebuilding America’s manufacturing base.
I have already made clear my abhorrence at the recent hate-spawned violence in Charlottesville, and earlier today I called on all leaders to condemn the white supremacists and their ilk who marched and committed violence. I resigned because I want to make progress, while many in Washington seem more concerned with attacking anyone who disagrees with them. We should honor – not attack – those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values. I hope this will change, and I remain willing to serve when it does.
Kevin Plank, the CEO of Under Armour, tweeted: “We remain resolute in our potential and ability to improve American manufacturing…However, Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics.”
So let’s summarize:
“Politics have sidelined the…mission of rebuilding America’s manufacturing base.”
“Innovation and sports, not politics.”
“The right thing for me to do.”
“Politics have sidelined the mission of the church and God’s witness in the world.”
“The Gospel and the Kingdom of God, not politics.”
“The Christian thing for me to do.”
Just to be clear, the last three lines were never uttered. I made them up. I had to make them up because these are things that the court evangelicals would never say in the context of the Trump presidency.
While America’s manufacturing giants take principled moral stands against white supremacy and Donald Trump’s failure on Saturday to renounce racists by name, none of the members of his “Evangelical Advisory Council“–the so-called court evangelicals–have resigned their posts. Apparently in the United States it is the manufacturers, not the evangelical clergy who advise the POTUS, who now deliver moral messages to the White House.
Over at Christianity Today, Kate Shellnutt has covered the court evangelical response to Charlottesville. To be fair, many of the court evangelicals condemned the white supremacist groups that came to Charlottesville last weekend. (Jerry Falwell Jr. was silent). But none of them criticized Donald Trump for not speaking out more forcefully on Saturday. In fact, Franklin Graham and Mark Burns both defended Trump. Here is Graham:
Shame on the politicians who are trying to push blame on President Trump for what happened in #Charlottesville, VA. That’s absurd. What about the politicians such as the city council who voted to remove a memorial that had been in place since 1924, regardless of the possible repercussions? How about the city politicians who issued the permit for the lawful demonstration to defend the statue? And why didn’t the mayor or the governor see that a powder keg was about to explode and stop it before it got started? Instead they want to blame President Donald J. Trump for everything. Really, this boils down to evil in people’s hearts. Satan is behind it all.
Could you imagine Billy Graham saying these things?
Burns made a video.
I don’t expect resignations coming any time soon.