After Donald Trump's furious letter to the prestigious Screen Actor's Guild went viral over the weekend, the union has come forward with its own scathing response.
Here's the full story...
Now, it has certainly been an eventful few years for the notorious Donald Trump.
When he was elected as the forty-fifth president of the United States in 2016, the people of America had no idea what they had to come under a new Trump ruling.
Although Trump had millions of loyal supporters during his time as president...
He also had his fair share of critics from all around the world who weren't afraid to call him out on his questionable policies and ideas.
He was certainly no stranger to criticism and controversy.
Much of his behavior while acting as president was seriously questioned, with many calling for him, again and again, to be impeached and even removed from office entirely.
And in 2019...
Trump underwent an impeachment trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
And even though the Senate acquitted Trump of these charges on February 5, 2020, the impeachment left a nasty stain on the former president's reputation.
And then, to make things even worse...
Shortly after the impeachment charges were dropped, the world was hit by the coronavirus pandemic which Trump was accused of handling awfully.
He insisted over and over again how "harmless" the virus was, despite catching it himself in October and seeing more than 466,000 American people die.
Of course, the people of America were left grieving and feeling angry...
But this didn't stop Trump from running as president for a second term in last year's 2020 elections.
Trump's presidential campaign was as chaotic as we'd all expected...
And in comparison to Democratic candidate Joe Biden's toned-down campaign, Trump seemed to be desperately grasping at straws.
He was clearly in panic mode and right up until November 3rd, when the votes started to get counted, Trump continued to spread lies about Biden and his campaign team in a desperate bid to be reelected.
But these efforts were to little avail.
On November 7th, it was confirmed that Joe Biden had won the election by amassing 284 electoral college seats to Trump's 214.
It was a clear and fair win for Biden and Kamala Harris...
But Trump refused to see it this way and, instead, went on to repeatedly accuse Biden and his team of election fraud.
According to Trump, the Republicans were the real winners of the election.
Trump's refusal to concede to Biden only poured more fuel on his army of angry supporters...
And this lead to the shocking scenes at the U.S Capitol building on January 6th, just weeks before Biden's inauguration.
At a "Save America" rally held in Washington D.C, the then-president encouraged his supporters to "fight for their country"...
Which lead to thousands of them flocking to the Capitol building and breaking in to cause total and utter havoc.
5 people were confirmed to have died during the violent riot...
You’ve caused this, get on TV immediately and stop it - before people start being killed. https://t.co/59dqsiXEaK— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 6, 2021
And during all of this, calls were repeatedly made for Trump to put a stop to the madness... But they were to little avail.
Trump eventually issued a series of small tweets asking for his supporters to simply "go home" and he down-right refused to take any responsibility for the riot, despite him being the one who encouraged his supporters to literally "fight back" earlier that day.
This got Congress talking, which lead to the decision to officially impeach Donald Trump just weeks before his term was up...
Making Trump the only president in history to be impeached twice during a presidential term.
So, it's safe to say that Donald Trump isn't having a good year so far...
And as we wait for his second impeachment trial to reach a verdict, it seems as if Trump has gotten the ball rolling himself.
In the wake of the Capitol riots, the Screen Actor's Guild - a prestigious union representing thousands of actors, journalists, singers, radio artists, and media personalities worldwide - held a disciplinary meeting over Trump's membership.
Trump holds a pension with the Screen Actor's Guild and has been a member for many years now.
But when Trump heard the news about this disciplinary meeting...
He decided to be the one with the last word by publicly resigning with a rant-filled letter.
The letter, of course, shocked many...
This was written very professionally from a former President of the United States. pic.twitter.com/zlUPmISz0l— Angela (@NoonAngel) February 5, 2021
And it was crystal clear that Trump was simply venting out his frustrations in writing - something he'd normally do on Twitter, if he hadn't been banned at the start of the year.
In the letter obtained by Fox News, the former president expressed that he didn't care about the union's threat to expel him...
Before listing off his on-screen credits, including on Home Alone 2, Zoolander, and The Apprentice.
He started by writing:
"I write to you today regarding the so-called Disciplinary Committee hearing aimed at revoking my union membership. Who cares! While I'm not familiar with your work, I'm very proud of my work on movies such as Home Alone 2, Zoolander, and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps; and television shows including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Saturday Night Live, and of course, one of the most successful shows in television history, The Apprentice."
He carried on listing the things he's done to help and improve the television business, including how he's created thousands of jobs at networks such as MSDNC and "Fake News" CNN.
"Which brings me to your blatant attempt at free media attention to distract from your dismal record as a union," Trump then ranted.
"Your organization has done little for its members, and nothing for me - besides collecting dues and promoting dangerous un-American policies and ideas - as evident by your massive unemployment rates and lawsuits from celebrated actors."
Trump ended his letter very bitterly by saying:
"These, however, are policy failures. Your disciplinary failures are even more egregious. I no longer wish to be associated with your union. As such, this letter is to inform you of my immediate resignation from SAG-AFRTA. You have done nothing for me."
And to make things even more scandalous...
Trump signed off the letter as:
"Regards, President Donald J. Trump."
You can read the full letter here:
ICYMI: President Donald Trump resigned from the Screen Actors Guild on Thursday in a letter.— Brittney Cottingham (@bbcott) February 5, 2021
And yes. This letter is real. pic.twitter.com/E8YGyBJ0je
But now, the SAG-AFTRA has responded - and they didn't hold back.
The board met on Saturday via Zoom videoconference and passed the resolution that effectively bars Trump from any and all potential readmission to SAG-AFTRA.
The group cites Trump's "antagonism of the union's journalist members and disregard for the values and integrity of the union" as the reason for the resolution.
SAG-AFTRA President, Gabrielle Carteris, said this:
"Preventing Donald Trump from ever rejoining SAG-AFTRA is more than a symbolic step. It is a resounding statement that threatening or inciting harm against fellow members will not be tolerated. An attack against one is an attack against all."
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