Donald Trump, who resigned from SAG-AFTRA on Thursday while facing an almost certain expulsion from the union, is now banned from joining. The National Council SAG-AFTRA, which met via the Zoom video conference on Saturday, issued a proactive decision rejecting any potential readmissions by it.
The decision signals the same concerns that led to the initial disciplinary accusations – which were settled by Trump’s resignation on Thursday – in particular his hostility to members of the Press Syndicate and his disregard for the Union’s values and integrity.
“Preventing Donald Trump from joining SAG-AFTRA is more than just a symbolic move,” said SAG-AFTRA Chair Gabriel Carrice. “It is a resounding statement that threatening or inciting harm against fellow members will not be tolerated. Attacking anyone is an attack on everyone.”
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And it says in the ban:
Disciplinary charges were brought against Member Donald J. Trump on January 13, 2021, alleging his involvement in acts hostile to the interests and integrity of SAG-AFTRA and its members in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution. The charges allege that the former President of the United States incited a revolt against the US government at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, and urged incitement of hostility against journalists resulting in SAG-AFTRA journalists being injured and incited; And the
Whereas, on or around January 19, 2021, the National Assembly made a possible decision of the reason in which it found that there was sufficient basis for such accusations to proceed to a disciplinary hearing and
Whereas, the Disciplinary Committee had scheduled a hearing on February 5, 2021, to hear evidence of the charges, and gave Trump adequate and adequate notice of the hearing; And the
Whereas, on February 4, 2021, on the eve of the hearing, Trump submitted a letter of resignation from his membership in SAG-AFTRA to President Carteres; And the
Whereas, by resigning from SAG-AFTRA, Trump has voluntarily relinquished any membership rights he may have under the governing SAG-AFTRA documents as well as under federal law; And the
Whereas, evidence of Mr. Trump’s misconduct and actions hostile to the interests of the union and its members are widely known and have been reported by many media sources; And the
Whereas, according to Article Three (a) (2) of the Constitution, “the National Assembly has the discretion to refuse membership from any applicant if his acceptance or acceptance of membership would not be in the interest of the Federation.
Now, therefore, it has been decided that the National Assembly will exercise its discretionary power in accordance with Article Three (a) (2) of the Constitution, as follows:
The National Council hereby considers that the well-documented actions by Donald J. Trump to undermine the peaceful transfer of power in the United States, and to undermine the delivery of truthful information to the public by attacking journalists, are anathema to the values embodied in SAG. – Iftra and the members of Sag Afra. And the
The National Assembly hereby considers that any future re-admission of Donald J Trump’s membership will not be in the interest of the Union; And the
The National Assembly directs to reject any future application for admission to SAG-AFTRA by Donald J Trump.
Five members of the board, including broadcast journalists, abstained.