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Dear Mr. President,

I wonder how you, the self-styled, money-making, deal-making, big business man feels now that you have seen your President’s Manufacturing Council dissolve, beginning with the resignations of several CEOs who could not stomach your refusal to condemn the Neo Nazi white supremacist violent demonstrations in Charlottesville. Oh, wait. You have already started a Twitter war against them, claiming you yourself disbanded the group and that Frazier, the CEO of Merck who resigned with strong words against you and your lack of moral leadership, should stick to lowering drug prices (which tweet the former CEO of McDonalds called “despicable”).  Just can’t ever admit you are wrong, just got to get out there with the attack tweets. So sad, as you are fond of saying. The man who claimed he was the epitome of business knowledge, who could turn this country around if he got elected, is now looking like a fool who can’t keep his own advisory council of business leaders together. I will give you credit for one thing, however: you could have lied as you do every day and said the opposite of what you really believe, that the counter protestors were not in the same league as the Neo Nazis and Klansmen and kept your racist thoughts to yourself. Instead you told us how you really feel in case we still harbored any doubts.

And now, another couple of blows for you: First, James Murdoch, the CEO of 21st Century Fox and son of Rupert Murdoch your buddy and advisor, has pledged one million dollars to the Anti-Defamation League, saying “…what we watched in Charlottesville and the reaction to it by the President of the United States concerns all of us as Americans and free people…there are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or terrorists.”

Second, your top general and five of your Joint Chiefs of Staff have forcefully and publicly spoken out against the white supremacy, bigotry, racism and hatred that was exhibited in Charlottesville. It is not usual for the military to speak out regarding domestic issues but as General Joe Duford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs said, “I can absolutely and unambiguously tell you that there’s no place for racism and bigotry in the United States military or in the United States as a whole.” (italics mine)  Don’t you wish you had said that? Guess not. That would have been a lie.





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