Briefly: Ken Frazier — who is the chairman and CEO of the pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. — said today that he would step down from one of President Trump’s advisory panels, citing “a responsibility to take a stand against violence and extremism.”
“America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry, and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal,” Frazier said in a statement.
And while Donald Trump still has not condemned white supremacy, or put a name to that evil, he has used Twitter this morning to attack Ken Frazier for standing up for his values and standing against violence and extremism.
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
Drug prices, Donald? Really? That’s where you want to go this morning? You want to attack a man for standing up against racism, and yet, you still will not disavow Nazis?
Less than 1 hour after Frazier's announcement. Some events still get immediate response from president https://t.co/Ebal9r8Enk— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) 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
Glad condemnation of the Merck guy was a high priority this morning. https://t.co/5WPTCH9OlO— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 14, 2017
Unreal. Frazier resigned out of principle since Trump wouldn't denounce neo-Nazis. Instead of denouncing neo-Nazis, Trump denounces Frazier. https://t.co/yydxlPWKj9— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) August 14, 2017
You just keep digging that hole, Donny. All you’re doing is proving to this country exactly who you are, and exactly who it is you stand with.
Alt-right marcher shouting "Heil Trump." pic.twitter.com/vAaXq5pFYc— Tom Perriello (@tomperriello) August 12, 2017