Merck CEO Ken Frazier resigns from Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council in protest of Donald Trump’s response to white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left a counter protester and two police officers dead and 19 injured.
Frazier wrote in a tweet: “As CEO of Merck and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.”
— Merck (@Merck) August 14, 2017
Of course, Donald Trump attacked him on Twitter. Again, he failed to specifically condemn the white supremacists, but has no qualms about attacking others. The white supremacists celebrated his “many sides” response to the hate-fueled violence.
Trump tweeted: “Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”
Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council,he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2017
Reaction on Twitter:
Ken Frazier resigned b/c Trump refuses to denounce white supremacy & nazis. He's a black mann, btw.
Guess who Trump attacks this morning? https://t.co/0yda9yKo2a
— Jack Miller (@politicalmiller) August 14, 2017
Media should ask each of the remaining members of the President's Manufacturing Council for their views on Ken Frazier's resignation. pic.twitter.com/RRucJzTzM2
— Ivan the K™ 🔹 (@IvanTheK) August 14, 2017
Bitter response to Merck CEO Ken Frazier, quitting Pres' Manufacturing Council as a "matter of personal conscience" re: Charlottesville. https://t.co/KZCfGhUphY
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 14, 2017
Trump found zero time to condemn Nazis but was very quick to react and attack to BREAKING news of the Merck CEO being Human https://t.co/YUmPNCuaOf
— Olga_Lautman NYC ✨ (@olgaNYC1211) August 14, 2017
We've seen CEO Kenneth Frazier at White House often over the last six months, praising Trump and accepting his praise. This is significant. https://t.co/xhMrIxDlQ0
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) August 14, 2017
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 14, 2017
WH aide: good God, the weekend was awful. he's not even trying to hide his racist ways.
Trump: hold my beer. https://t.co/jj0aoUOL2k
— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) August 14, 2017