Harold and Kumar actor Kal Penn joined the Obama White House in an official capacity back in 2009.
He left to make some movies and has gone back and forth.
Now, he has submitted a letter of resignation for an entire federal department on behalf of the President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities.
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) August 18, 2017
Actor turned White House committee member Kal Penn, a native of Montclair, NJ, joined the growing list of people to leave their posts on Friday.
Penn announced his resignation from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities because of Trump’s reactions following the violence in Charlottesville, Va., he shared on Twitter.
“Reproach and censure in the strongest possible terms are necessary following your support of the hate groups and terrorists who killed and injured fellow Americans in Charlottesville,” read a letter from the committee to Trump. “… We cannot sit idly by, the way that your West Wing advisers have, without speaking out against your words and actions.”
Over the weekend, hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members gathered at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville for one of the largest white supremacist rallies in years. The rally protested the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
A car plowed into a crowd of counter demonstrators at the rally, killing one person and injuring more than two dozen others. A pair of Virginia troopers died when a police helicopter monitoring the protests crashed several miles away.
Penn was joined by the other 15 members of the committee in his resignation. The announcement came on the same day Steve Bannon left his position as the White House’s senior adviser. Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Press Secretary Sean Spicer, and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus have also exited Trump’s staff during his presidency.
After the Charlottesville clash, Trump has said many sides were to blame for the violence and that left wing groups were just as violent as white supremacists.
“Elevating any group that threatens and discriminates on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, disability, orientation, background, or identity is un-American,” the committee’s letter stated.
The committee was created in 1982 under President Ronald Reagan to advise the White House on cultural issues.
Penn, 40, was born and raised in Montclair before attending high school in Freehold Township, according to his IMDB page. Some of his best known roles as an actor came in the film “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle” and his two seasons on the series “House.” He also recently hosted the Fox competition show “Superhuman.”
In 2009, Penn joined President Barack Obama’s administration as an associate director of public engagement.
Check out the first letter of each paragraph in Penn’s letter. It spells out R-E-S-I-S-T.
The thing is, the committee had been created under former President Barack Obama.
These lefties never make things easy.
We won’t miss them. Hollywood can stay away.