Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, the guy who had the unfortunate role of standing next to Trump during his disastrous press conference on Tuesday (while Trump excused the behavior of white supremacists), just received an open letter from 300 of his fellow friends and classmates at Yale University where he graduated from in 1985.
If Mnuchin resigns, which is certainly possible given the current political environment and string of resignations coming from all over the Trump administration, it will be yet another blow to the White House and Trump’s inner circle.
Here is the letter they sent:
We, some of your fellow members of the Yale College Class of 1985, write to you today in response to President Trump’s comments on the recent events in Charlottesville. We believe it is your moral obligation to resign your post as Secretary of the Treasury, effective immediately. We understand that graduates of Yale College have served the United States proudly as presidents, members of the cabinet, and in many other capacities since its founding, and that rarely, if ever, have any of us made such a request of a classmate, whatever our differences in political opinion have been.
We do so today because President Trump has declared himself a sympathizer with groups whose values are antithetical to those values we consider fundamental to our sacred honor as Americans, as men and women of Yale, and as decent human beings. President Trump made those declarations loudly, clearly, and unequivocally, and he said them as you stood next to him. We can be Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and a number of other things and still be friends, classmates, and patriots, but we cannot be Nazis and white supremacists. We can disagree on the means of promoting the general welfare of the country, on the size and role of government, on the nature of freedom and security, but we cannot take the side of what we know to be evil.
We call upon you, as our friend, our classmate, and as a fellow American, to resign in protest of President Trump’s support of Nazism and white supremacy. We know you are better than this, and we are counting on you to do the right thing.
Your fellow members of the Yale College Class of 1985,
They then signed all 300 of their names, below:
Just earlier today, Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor, and special advisor to the president, who Trump personally said was his “friend” called it quits, too. That was around the same time Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon quit (or was forced out – one of the two).
Another one of Trump’s committees quit, as well. Sixteen members of President Trump’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities have handed in their resignation. There are only 17 members in total. The last remaining member said he supported the resignations but was tied up on a project – the only reason he couldn’t attach his name to the letter. So, that committee is no more.
That was just one day after Trump had to disband two top economic councils, the American Manufacturing Council and the Strategy and Policy Forum, after nearly all its members had either already left, or were in the process of leaving.
Oh – we forgot to mention – the Director of the Office Of Public Liaison, George Sifakis, is also leaving.
All of these happened in the last several days. Expect many more.