Following Donald Trump’s you-can’t-fire-me-I-quit resignation from SAG-AFTRA, Deadline reports that on Feb. 6 the SAG-AFTRA National Board passed a resolution to preemptively deny any future re-admission applications by the ex-president, effectively banning him for life from rejoining the union.
A few days earlier, Trump pre-emptively resigned from SAG-AFTRA as the actors’ union unanimously voted to move forward with a disciplinary process that could have resulted in his expulsion and fines.
“Preventing Donald Trump from ever rejoining SAG-AFTRA is more than a symbolic step,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. “It is a resounding statement that threatening or inciting harm against fellow members will not be tolerated. An attack against one is an attack against all.”
On Thursday, Trump, 74, submitted a rambling and boastful exclamation-filled letter of resignation to union president Carteris, also known for her role on “Beverly Hills, 90210”.
“Who cares!” he writes in response to the disciplinary hearing committee’s meeting. “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!” Trump bragged.
Noting the union “has done nothing for me” before calling SAG-AFTRA “un-American in their policies and ideas”, Trump tendered his resignation, effective immediately.
“I no longer wish to be associated with your union. As such, this letter is to inform you of my immediate resignation from SAG-AFTRA,” he writes, again doubling-down on his claim, “You have done nothing for me.”
For their part, Carteris and national executive director David White had two simple words in response to Trump: “Thank you.”
INBOX: SAG-AFTRA issues statements in response to Trump’s resignation from the union:
— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) February 4, 2021
Carteris told TMZ that Trump left to avoid being disciplined or expelled but he isn’t in the clear yet.
“I got the letter and I don’t know if I was surprised. It was the day before disciplinary action was to take place and clearly he wanted to avoid that so having the letter in his resigning was a way for him not to have us go through that process,” she said.
Carteris explained that the board will be voting on an expulsion on Saturday and will decide if further action will be taken.
The disciplinary hearing was to discuss Trump’s actions on the January 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol and for “a reckless campaign of misinformation aimed at discrediting and ultimately threatening the safety of journalists, many of whom are SAG-AFTRA members,” according to a press release.
While president, Trump continued to receive residuals from his acting work in “The Little Rascals”, “Home Alone 2”, and “The Apprentice”. He also had pensions at both the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, which merged into their current SAG-AFTRA form in 2012.