President Donald Trump announced via twitter he would disband the American Manufacturing Council and the Strategy and Policy Forum Wednesday.
This announcement comes amid growing backlash for the President’s initial comments towards a white nationalist rally that left at least three dead over the weekend and more recently his comments defending his earlier comments in a press conference at Trump Towers Tuesday.
Greg Hayes of United Technologies was the latest to resign from the council this week. Kenneth Frazier, CEO of Merck was the first to resign from the council this week.
Among the others who left the council were Kevin Plank of Under Armour, Brian Krzanich of Intel, Scott Paul of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, Richard Trumka and Thea Lee of the AFL-CIO, Inge Thulin of 3M and Denise Morrison of the Campbell Soup Company.
Monday Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigned from President Trumps Manufacturing Council. His resignation marked the 3rd of the day and comes amid backlash for the President’s response to hate groups in America.
“I resigned to call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues,” Krzanich said in a statement.
Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing resigned from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative Tuesday.
President Trump took to twitter to respond.
Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank leaves President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council becoming the second of the day.
Plank didn’t give a reason for leaving but his departure comes amid growing backlash for the President’s initial response to a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA that left at least three people dead.
“I love our country and our company and will continue to focus my efforts on inspiring every person that they can do anything through the power of sport which promotes unity, diversity and inclusion,” Plank said in a statement.
Protesters in Durham, NC pulled down a confederate statue. The Confederate Soldiers Monument was dedicated to the city in 1924 and depicted a soldier who fought for the confederacy.
According to WNCN, a women used a ladder to tie a rope around the statue before other protesters pulled the statue down.
Democratic Governor Roy Cooper took to twitter to comment on the incident.
This event comes two days after protesters and counter-protesters clashed at a “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA that left one person dead after a car plowed through counter-protesters and two more dead when a police helicopter crashed.
Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier left President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council Monday due to the President’s failure to condemn white supremacy after violence broke out at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA and a car was rammed into counter-protesters leaving one dead.
In a statement on Twitter Frazier stated that he felt a responsiblity to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.
President Trump took to twitter to respond to the news of Frazier’s departure.
Prior to his departure, Frazier was the only African American member of Trump’s Manufacturing council.
After a car slammed into a crowd of counter-protesters Saturday and left one dead, the Justice Department opened a civil rights investigation into to deadly crash.
“The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice. When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated,” Sessions said in a statement Saturday.
Heather Heyer was identified as the deceased victim and according to her friend died standing for what she believed. Fighting against racism and bigotry.
James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Ohio, was arrested after being stopped by Officers in the Car seen slamming into protesters shortly after the crash. Fields has been denied bond.
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Trooper Pilot Berke M.M. Bates
Lt H. Jay Cullen
A few hours after the car crash Saturday, a police helicopter assisting public safety resources crashed into a wooded area near Charlottesville, VA.
State Police identified the dead troopers as Lt. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, Va. and Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates, 40, of Quinton, Va.
Cullen was a 23 year veteran of the force and leaves behind a wife and two sons. Bates was a three year veteran and leaves behind a wife, a son and a daughter.
According to reports, state police, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board continue to investigate the cause of the helicopter crash, though they say there is “no indication of foul play being a factor.”
Sunday morning Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe visited state troopers.
1 Dead and several others injured as a car plows through crowds of protesters in Charlottesville following a dispered “Unite The Right” rally. The event was captured on video.
The driver of the car is in custody.
A “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va lead Gov. Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency as thousands of “alt right” activists, KKK members, Nazis, other assorted white supremacists, and armed militia groups fought with anti-fascist groups and other counter-protesters.
The rally, organized by white nationalist Richard Spencer, was set to take place in Emancipation park, formerly known as Lee park, today at 12 p.m. to protest the eminent removal of the Robert E. Lee statue.
Prior to the chaos, fences and a wall of cops helped separate supremacist and counter-protesters. The supremacist side could be seen sporting confederate flags and Nazi memorabilia while they chanted “Fuck you faggots”
Anti-protesters, most notable the Antifa or Antifascist Action, also made their presence know.
About a hour before the rally was set to begin, violence broke out.
The rally was ultimately cancelled about 20 minutes before due to fighting between protesters and anti-protesters.
Va state police deemed the event unlawful assembly and began to expel protesters from the area.
Around 2 p.m. a car plowed into protesters as the peacefully walked downtown. It is not currently known how many people were injured or if the driver did it intentionally but pictures on social media show officials administering aid on the scene.
President Trump took to twitter to condemn the violence.
Former President Bill Clinton also took to twitter to comment on the event.
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An IED or improvised explosive device was thrown through an office window around 5 a.m. Saturday morning as members began to gather.
No people were hurt but the office sustained damages near the site of the explosion.
Since, the Islamic Center has raised $80,941 through a gofundme page.
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