Donald Trump is in the news again, but at least this time, it’s not really about politics.
It’s hard to remember that was a time where Donald Trump was just a person who made a funny cameo in a random movie here and there. People knew who he was, but unless you were in the circle of “important” people in New York, Donald was just that guy who said, “you’re fired” on a reality TV show. So much has changed in the last four or five years, especially Trump’s impact on the world, but we’re not going to see him pop up on any movies or TV shows anymore because Donald Trump retired from acting with a petty letter that surprises no one.
According to BuzzFeed News, Trump has officially resigned from the Screen Actors Guild, the labor union representing television and movie stars. Yes, he was a member of the union because he’s a huge movie star who has appeared very briefly in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Zoolander, and Trump made sure to remind everyone he was also on that one episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in his resignation letter.
On Jan. 19, 2021, the SAG-AFTRA posted an update to its website, informing members of its intention to hold a disciplinary hearing to expel Trump from the union. The decision was in response to the ex-president’s role in the violence that happened at the Capitol building on Jan. 6.
“Our most important role as a union is the protection of our members. The unfortunate truth is, this individual’s words and actions over the past four years have presented actual harm to our broadcast journalist members,” said SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White. “The board’s resolution addresses this effort to undermine freedom of the press and reaffirms the principles on which our democratic society rests, and which we must all work to protect and preserve.”
Trump sent this letter to SAG-AFTRA to submit his resignation from the union representing Radio, TV and movie personalities. He mentions his film work in such movies as Home Alone 2 and Zoolander. pic.twitter.com/EdxaZipxqg
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 4, 2021
But Trump did what we’ve all come to expect. He pulled the “you can’t fire me, I quit” trick. Before the union officially removed him, Trump sent a letter to SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. And it was predictably petty.
“I write to you today regarding the so-called Disciplinary Committee hearing aimed at revoking my union membership,” the letter begins, according to a copy posted on SAG-AFTRA’s website. “Who cares!”
The letter continued, “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 – to name just a few!”
He then took aim at news organizations, calling them fake again and took shots at the union, ending his letter with: “You have done nothing for me.”
BuzzFeed News reports that the union’s response to the resignation of Trump was very succinct, replying only with, “Thank you” which is hilarious and perfect.