Keep kicking the man while he’s down (he’s not down far enough yet)

Donald Trump has been kicked out of the Screen Actors Guild! Boo-hoo. You can tell it burns him, though, since he felt compelled to write back with a “you can’t fire me, I quit!” letter. It’s so pathetic and petty, just like Donald himself.

I write to you today regarding the so-called Disciplinary Committee hearing aimed at revoking my
union membership. Who cares! [You do, Donald, you do]
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! [He just has to pat himself on the back. His little cameos were’t that impressive]
I’ve also greatly helped the cable news television business (said to be a dying platform with not much
time left until I got involved in politics), and created thousands of jobs at networks such as MSDNC
and Fake News CNN, among many others. [He thinks that because he was such an asshole that news agencies had to report on all of his lies, he deserves credit for their work]
Which brings me to your blatant attempt at free media attention to distract from your dismal record as
a union. Your organization has done little for its members, and nothing for me – besides collecting
dues and promoting dangerous un-American policies and ideas – as evident by your massive
unemployment rates and lawsuits from celebrated actors, who even recorded a video asking, “Why
isn’t the union fighting for me?”
These, however, are policy failures. Your disciplinary failures are even more egregious.
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. You have done
nothing for me.

Poor baby. Even better, though, is SAG-AFTRA’s reply, which is short and sweet.

“Thank you.”

It’s so nice to see every little cut delivered as Trump falls.


  1. nomadiq says

    When did acting like a baby start being the accepted way to show ‘strength’? Why will millions see this and not be able to see the small shell of a man that Trump so obviously is?

  2. wzrd1 says

    Well, he can’t pick up his marbles and go home. I sincerely doubt he ever had marbles to begin with.
    Nope, he instead proclaimed that all of the toys are broken and stomped off, even as everyone else was using the actually unbroken toys.

    I do wonder, if the Manhattan DA does eventually present charges, will he then proclaim that the DA is in violation of lèse-majesté?

  3. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Notice that DJT calls himself President on the signature line, instead of Former President. Sorry DJT, you LOST the election.

  4. says

    Gabrielle Carteris, currently SAG-AFTRA president, is best known for playing Andrea Zuckerman on Beverly Hills 90210. When she took the role in 1990 she was 29, while the character was 15.

  5. kovacen says

    James Baldwin said that immaturity has been an American virtue since John Wayne spent his Hollywood career admonishing Indians.

  6. blf says

    Nerd@3, I’m NOT defending hair furor here, but pointing out one convention in States politics is to refer to (former) elected officials by the “highest” title they reached; e.g., Obama, both Bushes, Lincoln, Washington, etc., are all “President”; H.Clinton is “Secretary” (sometimes “Senator”); and so on. However, I presume there is not any traditional of a former official referring to themselves in such a manner; plus the not-so-minor point hair furor never won the (popular) vote either election.

    Having said that, Ye Pffft of All Knowledge does observe (references omitted):

    Historically, the title was reserved for the incumbent president only, and was not to be used for former presidents, holding that it was not proper to use the title as a courtesy title when addressing a former president. According to the official website of the United States of America, the correct way to address a letter is to use “The Honorable John Doe” and the correct salutation is “Mr Doe”. Despite that, some sources maintain that living former US presidents continue to be addressed as “Mr President”, both formally and informally, and some contemporary experts on etiquette now maintain that it is entirely appropriate.

    I have no idea about either the legality or the convention for using the presidential seal, which I understand he seems to have also done?

  7. stwriley says

    ahcuah @6,

    If you look closely, you’ll see that it isn’t the actual Presidential seal, which he cannot, of course, legally use anymore. It’s a modified seal where a few elements have been replaced. The 13 stars and 13 orbs over the eagle has been replaced by 13 stars on a round field (arranged, interestingly enough, in a six-pointed star pattern like a Mogen David.) The E Pluribus Unum banner has been split in half (appropriately enough, between the E Pluribus and the Unum), which seems like a metaphor for the entire Trump presidency. Finally, the ring of stars around the entire seal has been reduced to three larger stars under the eagle’s tail, like it shat them out. It’s just one more example of how petty and narcissistic this excuse for a person is. He’s trying to use things like this to hold on to the glamour of the office and keep his followers believing that he’s still President, but without claiming it in such a way that he can be explicitly called out for impersonating the President.

  8. dudev says

    Trump, the king of over-estimating his own value, demanded a raise from $40k to $1 million per episode of The Apprentice. He received a bump to $60k. When this story was made public, the former president of NBC laughed and said “We paid him what we wanted to pay him.” In perspective, Trump’s $60k per episode is what sitcom stars of the 1990’s were earning. The king of the deal was getting minimum wage. Trump didn’t realize that he could be easily replaced. He’s not the only obnoxious, wealthy person in town.

  9. birgerjohansson says

    Kicking him when he is down? That is stupid. You need a stake and a mallet.
    And If he has a ring you must throw it into the fires of Orodruin.

  10. robro says

    stwriley @ #10 — “he cannot, of course, legally use” Do you have a citation for that. I couldn’t find anything that said definitively he couldn’t use an accurate portrayal of the presidential seal, and some places said it was not illegal. (There’s only one actual, official presidential seal, of course, and it’s in the possession of the current office holder, so he can’t use that.)

  11. blf says

    The lawyers (I am not one) can argue about the seal (or technically, I think, coat-of-arms), but the relevant legal code is perhaps 18 US Code §713 — Use of likenesses of the great seal of the United States, the seals of the President and Vice President, the seal of the United States Senate, the seal of the United States House of Representatives, and the seal of the United States Congress. To me (not a lawyer!), the most-relevant part is the first clause (emboldening in the original, but my added emphasis):

    (a) Whoever knowingly displays any printed or other likeness of the great seal of the United States, or of the seals of the President or the Vice President of the United States, or the seal of the United States Senate, or the seal of the United States House of Representatives, or the seal of the United States Congress, or any facsimile thereof, in, or in connection with, any advertisement, poster, circular, book, pamphlet, or other publication, public meeting, play, motion picture, telecast, or other production, or on any building, monument, or stationery, for the purpose of conveying, or in a manner reasonably calculated to convey, a false impression of sponsorship or approval by the Government of the United States or by any department, agency, or instrumentality thereof, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

    As noted in stwriley@10, what is shown in the OP is a fictional seal(? coat-of-arms?), albeit one easily construed to be the real one.

    I’ve seen some claims what hair furor is using is the Seal of the United States — there is no such thing, it’s the Great Seal of the United States (sounds rather hair furorian!) — and there are some very strong similarities. E.g., most of the observations in @10 do not appear to apply (hair furor’s three shat-out stars looks to be the main difference). However, the above-quoted code also applies to that seal(? coat-of-arms?).

  12. rietpluim says

    In some cultures, starting a letter or even a single sentence with the pronoun “I” is considered impolite.

  13. blf says

    @15, I (ha!) know an individual who goes Librarian when an English sentence starts with “But”. Come to think of them, they also go Librarian if one suggests the year 2000 CE is in the 21st Century.

  14. brightmoon says

    birger # 12 hear hear!

    When I found out trump had been kicked out of SAG I lLol so hard . Good! a little payback for the nightmares and sleepless nights I’ve had the last 4 years . Now when they put him under the jail I’ll sleep even easier

  15. robro says

    blf @ #14 — What I read is that while unauthorized display of the presidential seal is illegal, it isn’t illegal to use something that sort of looks like the presidential seal as in Dodo’s facsimile.

  16. bcw bcw says

    President Biden, in an interview with the “CBS Evening News With Norah O’Donnell,” said former president Donald Trump should not receive intelligence briefings, citing his “erratic behavior unrelated to the insurrection.”
    “I just think that there is no need for him to have the intelligence briefings. What value is giving him an intelligence briefing? What impact does he have at all, other than the fact he might slip and say something?”

    Also, Lou Dobbs’ show is cancelled.

  17. says

    bcw bcw @19: There is no value in giving the Angry Cheeto an actual intelligence briefing. There may, however, be value in giving him a counter-intelligence briefing—feed him nonsense that’s calculated to inspire Russia to do or not do certain things.

  18. zetopan says

    “Trump’s $60k per episode is what sitcom stars of the 1990’s were earning.”
    And he had cameos in several movies because he insisted that he be written into the script of movies as a condition of allowing the filming to be done on his property. He’s so vain that every movie had to be about him. In some of those movies his cameos were cut in editing.

  19. maireaine46 says

    I have noticed locally that while all other political signs are long gone (the election is over, Biden won) that those awful Trump flags are still hanging around. It gives me the creeps to drive past them and wonder about the people who live there. Nothing like identifying one’s self as a crazy poor loser.