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Donald Trump reacts to the press.

Donald Trump has closed two US business councils after bosses quit over his handling of the violence in Charlottesville at the weekend.

Interestingly, not a single member of his Evangelical Council – representing religious organisations – felt the need to protest in the same way.

The heads of 3M, Campbell Soup, Johnson & Johnson and United Technologies announced their resignations on Wednesday, after Trump backtracked on his condemnation of neo-Nazi racism and blamed protesters against it as well, in a press conference on Tuesday.

The BBC reported that “JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, a member of the Strategy and Policy Forum, released a separate statement on Wednesday saying he strongly disagreed with Mr Trump’s recent statements, adding that ‘fanning divisiveness is not the answer. Constructive economic and regulatory policies are not enough and will not matter if we do not address the divisions in our country. It is a leader’s role, in business or government, to bring people together, not tear them apart’.

“Denise Morrison of Campbell Soup Co said she could not continue to participate in the advisory panel after Mr Trump’s comments. Activists had called on Campbell Soup, among other firms, to take action.”

At first, Trump had been defiant, claiming that the exodus involved “grandstanders”:

But he soon changed his tune:

Some have suggested that the CEOs left because they believed supporting Trump would harm them:

This shows a significant wind-change from previous tangles with Trump, in which Boeing and General Motors both saw their stock prices fall. Commenters like George Takei took the opportunity to make it personal:

But the really interesting aspect of this is the fact that not one representative of organised religion in the US has resigned from Trump’s Evangelical Council, despite the threat represented by the rise of the neo-Nazis.

Some have seen this as another echo of 1930s Germany:

Others have concentrated on the possibility of institutionalised racism:

Either way, President Trump has raised serious questions about his own appropriateness to remain President.

Leading figures of the US entertainment world have called for his impeachment.

Can the politicians be far behind?


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