Daniel Kammen, the State Department science envoy just resigned in response to President Trump’s disastrous response to the violent clashes at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Kammen, announced his resignation in a letter addressed to Trump — in which the first letter of every paragraph spelled out “Impeach.”
“My decision to resign is in response to your attacks on core values of the United States,” Kammen said in the letter.
“Your failure to condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazis has domestic and international ramifications.”
Kammen said it is particularly troubling to him that Trump’s response to Charlottesville is “consistent with a broader pattern of behavior that enables sexism and racism, and disregards the welfare of Americans, the global community and the planet.”
“Examples of this destructive pattern have consequences on my duties as Science Envoy,” he said.
“Your decision to abdicate the leadership opportunities and job creation benefits of the Paris Climate Accord, and to undermine energy and environmental research are not acceptable to me.”
Kammen posted a copy of his letter on Twitter:
Mr. President, I am resigning as Science Envoy. Your response to Charlottesville enables racism, sexism, & harms our country and planet. pic.twitter.com/eWzDc5Yw6t
— Daniel M Kammen (@dan_kammen) August 23, 2017
Trump on Tuesday defended his response to the violence in Charlottesville as “perfect” during a rally in Phoenix, blaming the press for the controversy.
“It is time to expose the crooked media deception and to challenge the media for their role in fomenting divisions,” Trump said at the campaign-style event. “And yes, by the way, they are trying to take away our history and our heritage.”
Blaming the media was just one of many sweeping topics Trump touched on, including, but of course, how he’ll build the wall even it means a government shutdown and how he’ll indeed pardon ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio.