All 17 members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) have resigned as a rebuke to US President Donald Trump’s handling of the Charlottesville attack, where he refrained from condemning white supremacists after one drove a car into a group of counter-protestors.
The mass resignation letter cites the Trump administration’s “refusal to unequivocally condemn the cancer of hatred”, and accuse him of supporting the “hate groups and terrorists who killed and injured fellow Americans”.
The PCAH had existed since the Reagan administration created it to advise on cultural issues.
This follows in the vein of the Strategy and Policy Forum, whose members decided to disband in the wake of the attacks and the president’s response.
In both cases Mr Trump claimed he was going to disband them anyway.
Mr Trump initially blamed the violence in Charlottesville on “many sides”, then issued a statement days later condemning right-wing racist elements.
He then appeared to backflip on his statements, defending the original statement, saying it “was a fine statement”, and adding “there are two sides to a story”.
Mr Trump has faced widespread criticism on his handling of the issue, including from members of his own party and administration, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and members of the milirary.