Donald Trump wasted no time attacking Merck CEO Ken Frazier, who is black, but can’t bring himself to specifically repudiating white supremacists and neo-Nazis for the hate-fueled Charlottesville violence that left three dead and many people injured. It took Trump 54 minutes to attack Frazier, but he can’t bring himself to attack the Nazis.
Frazier tweeted that he was resigning from Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council as a “matter of personal conscience” following his weak response to the Charlottesville violence.
— Merck (@Merck) August 14, 2017
Trump wasted no time attacking Frazier: “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
CNBC’s Squawk on the Street‘s Jim Cramer says Frazier deserves better and Trump should apologize:
Well, Trump’s despicable attack on Ken Frazier sparked a fierce blacklash on Twitter:
Reminder: POTUS can weigh in with speed, vitriol, and all caps when events call for denouncing…a corporate CEO who has embarrassed him. https://t.co/HRqW0pE3ub
— Heather O'Beirne Kelly (@HeatherKellyPhD) August 14, 2017
How can a business leader align themselves with a president that attacks a black colleague while inspiring neo-Nazis and white supremacists? https://t.co/W4R5SOBiXu
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) August 14, 2017
— Brad Thor (@BradThor) 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
The President's instant aggrieved reaction this a.m. vs Merck CEO only compounds the growing crisis of his utter failure of moral leadership
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) August 14, 2017
Merck CEO resigns because Trump did not expressly condemn white supremacists. So Trump expressly condemns Merck CEO. https://t.co/C4DamrnnC8
— Tasneem N (@TasneemN) August 14, 2017
It took Trump 54 minutes to condemn Merck CEO Ken Frazier, but after several days he still has not condemned murdering white supremacists. https://t.co/ps9AVUTTH7
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) August 14, 2017
imagine publicly calling out a black CEO resigning on principle instead of a white supremacist killerhttps://t.co/PxmsqNGEQS
— darth™ (@darth) August 14, 2017