LOS ANGELES – After Donald Trump preventively resigned from the union last week, SAG-AFTRA slammed the door behind them on Sunday.
The national board of Hollywood’s largest union voted to deny the former president the potential to rejoin the union, it said in a statement on Sunday. Five board members, including broadcast journalists, abstained from voting on Sunday, which was held via video conference. The decision was made after Trump left the union before hearings were heard on disciplinary charges against the “Apprentice” star.
Trump left the union on Thursday in an insulting letter praising his own work in the entertainment industry. After the US Capitol uprising, a SAG-AFTRA disciplinary committee was supposed to weigh up Trump’s expulsion from the union for instigating attacks against reporters on Friday.
“It is more than a symbolic step to prevent Donald Trump from ever returning to SAG-AFTRA,” union president Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement. “It is a resounding statement that threatening or inciting harm to other members will not be tolerated.”
During the insurrection, the words “murder of the press” were written on the doors of the Capitol, news teams from The Associated Press were attacked and their equipment was destroyed by members of the mob.
Despite his expulsion from the union, federal laws protect Trump’s access to a union pension and do not prevent him from working on SAG-AFTRA productions.
In his letter, Trump criticized the union, which represents around 160,000 artists, actors and broadcast journalists, for violating the guidelines and what he described as “egregious” disciplinary failures without explaining them. “Who cares!” he wrote.
In addition to his work on the reality TV series “The Apprentice”, Trump has some screen credits from the late 1980s, mainly because he was in films and TV series such as “Sex and the City” and “Home Alone 2: Lost” he performed in New York himself. “
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