I’m overstating the obvious here, but there’s something disturbing when the President of the United States can’t be bothered to unequivocally condemn white supremacists. The fact that I even have to write that sentence blows my mind.
This morning, in response to President Trump’s remarks, Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier announced that he was resigning from the President’s American Manufacturing Council:
— Merck (@Merck) August 14, 2017
Trump, in a moment of grace and humility, accepted Mr. Frazier’s resignation and stated that he had learned from his mistakes.
HAHAHAHAHA. No, not even close:
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
Right now, business leaders that are serving on any of the President’s advisory councils should be re-thinking that position. And by “re-thinking” I mean, they should quit. Today. Right now. Here’s the full list of them courtesy of Politico’s Dan Diamond:
Remaining members of Trump’s strategic and advisory council. pic.twitter.com/kYKjjlYH7e
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) August 14, 2017
Hey, look, there’s EY’s Mark Weinberger without his name crossed off.
Mark Weinberger is the global leader of a firm that has gone on record that they want their employees to talk about politics at work. Here’s an entire page on the firm’s website with videos of leaders, including Weinberger, talking about diversity and inclusion. Mark Weinberger has repeatedly gone on record about the importance of diversity and inclusion at EY. Here a video of him giving a 20+ minute speech on it:
You don’t have to watch the whole thing, you’ve heard it all before. But at 25:20, Weinberger says, “We have to back up our rhetoric with action.”
Fine, so this is the perfect opportunity to say this — If Mark Weinberger cares so much about diversity and inclusion and he believes in backing up rhetoric with action, then he needs to resign from the President’s Strategic and Advisory Council. It shouldn’t be a big deal. If Mr. Weinberger believes in all the things he says about diversity and inclusion, then this decision is easy. It would be far easier than most of the decisions that the global CEO of one of the largest accounting firms ON EARTH would have to make.
Some might say that Weinberger could help Trump learn more about the importance of inclusion, after all, he’s already the guy who’s supposed to educate him about the importance of women in the workplace. But then I’d ask those people: Do you believe that Trump listens to anyone who doesn’t come calling without a praise folder? Weinberger isn’t going to change Trump’s mind because Trump does not care.
So what’s the point of Weinberger remaining on the council? There is none. So resign, Mark! It’s the right thing to do. Do you honestly think that in 10 years — hell, 2 years! — you’ll look back and think, “Boy, I’m glad I stuck with Trump.” You will not.
And you can tell him too: Here’s Mark’s Twitter account. Just tweet at him! Something like, “Hey Mark. Please quit the president’s strategic and advisory council.” Or, “Dude! Get off Trump’s council. What’s wrong with you?” If you work at EY, email him! Don’t forget, EY says that it wants you to talk about politics at work. So talk about it! Tell your GLOBAL CEO to quit Trump. Come on, Mark. This is ridiculous.