A State Department science envoy has left his post by tweeting out a resignation letter with the first letter of each paragraph spelling out the word ‘I-M-P-E-A-C-H.’
Daniel Kammen follows a host of other members of President Donald Trump’s advisory councils who resigned following the president’s response to Charlottesville.
‘Mr. President, I am resigning as Science Envoy. Your response to Charlottesville enables racism, sexism, & harms our country and planet,’ wrote Kamen, an energy expert who runs the University of California at Berkeleyl’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab.
‘I am resigning my position as Science Envoy,’ Kammen’s letter begins, getting the ‘I’ covered to begin his acrostic flourish.
Daniel Kammen tweeted out his resignation letter from a State Department science advisory post with a letter that spelled out ‘I-M-P-E-A-C-H’
‘My decision to resign is in response to your attacks on core values of the United States,’ he continues.
Subsequent paragraphs spell out a ‘pattern’ of behavior of sexism and racism. Together, the first sentence of each paragraph spells out a IMPEACH – the political remedy where the House and Senate can remove a sitting president from office.
The letter also notes Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.
‘Your actions to date have, sadly, harmed the quality of life in the United States, our standing abroad, and the sustainability of the planet,’ Kammen wrote.
According to the State Department, science envoys ‘leverage their expertise and networks to forge connections and identify opportunities for sustained international cooperation. Science Envoys focus on issues of common interest in science, technology, and engineering fields and usually serve for one year.’
Kammen’s letter sent a subtle message to President Trump, who has faced a raft of resignations from outside advisors following his Charlottesville remarks
Trump mocked critics and the media who scrutinized his comments about a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville
Kammen’s departure follows other presidential advisors who have called it quits since Trump’s comment on Charlottesville, where he mentioned violence on ‘many sides’ and said there were ‘very fine people’ at a white supremacist rally protesting the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue.
Earlier this month, Trump’s arts and humanities council resigned with a letter that spelled out ‘R-E-S-I-S-T.’
Trump disbanded his business and advisory councils earlier this month after CEOs began to quit in protest.
“Thank you all!” he wrote in a tweet announcing the move, which preempted one of the councils decision to disband on its own.