State Department official Chuck Park called it quits on Thursday and resigned from his post. During his resignation, Park took to the Washington Post to write a scathing op-ed urging his colleagues to leave the Trump administration.
In his editorial, Park decries America’s diplomat corps for passively following orders that they believe are morally wrong.
“The Complacent State sighs when the president blocks travel by Muslim immigrants; shakes its head when he defends Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman; averts its gaze from images of children in detention camps,” Park writes. “Then it complies with orders.”
Park also exposed the State Department for being pawns to Donald Trump and his racist policies.
“Every day, we refuse visas based on administration priorities,” he writes. “We recite administration talking points on border security, immigration and trade. We plan travel itineraries, book meetings and literally hold doors open for the appointees who push Trump’s toxic agenda around the world.”
Park then explains that his final straw was this weekend’s El Paso shooting, as his own son was born in that city.
“My son, born in El Paso on the American side of that same Rio Grande where the bodies of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter were discovered, in the same city where 22 people were just killed by a gunman whose purported ‘manifesto’ echoed the inflammatory language of our president, turned 7 this month,” he writes. “I can no longer justify to him, or to myself, my complicity in the actions of this administration. That’s why I choose to resign.”
You can read the entire piece HERE.