Is It Still a Council if No One Sits On It?
On Saturday, in a time of national mourning over the white supremacist events and murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Donald Trump blamed “many sides.”
On Sunday, he sort of moderated his comment.
But on Monday, he couldn't help himself and doubled down on his original remarks.
In the wake of Trump's Charlottesville response, several major CEOs have decided they've had enough.
This week, Kenneth Frazier of Merck, Brian Krzanich of Intel, Kevin Plank of Under Armour, Scott Paul of the Alliance for American Manufacturing - as well as Richard Trumka and Thea Lee of the AFL-CIO - quit their spots on White House business councils.
Of course, only the Black CEO - Merck's Ken Frazier - got mean tweets from Trump this time around. (Several others, including Tesla CEO Elon Musk, former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, and Disney CEO Bob Iger previously quit.)
Most of the remaining CEOs have been silent, likely fearing the wrath of the "CEO President." Some might now be weighing the coming wrath of their customers.
Even that long-time radical Larry Summers said yesterday that all of the remaining CEOs "should feel ashamed for complicity in Mr. Trump’s words and deeds". He added: "I sometimes wonder how they face their children."
How to help thin out Trump's business councils
If you only have a little time today, #GrabYourWallet creator Shannon Coulter suggests getting in touch with Walmart. (This form will likely get their attention, or you can call them at 800.925.6278, press 2, then 4.)
If you have a little more time, check the #QuitTheCouncil hashtag to tweet at the full list of members.
(BTW, Sleeping Giants is also doing amazing working to stop racist and sexist media by stopping its ad dollars.)