Trump Might Be Getting Kicked Out of the SAG

'Donald Trump attacked the values that this union holds most sacred'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 19, 2021 7:00 PM CST
Screen Actors Guild Moves to Expel Trump
In this June 20, 2020 photo, President Trump arrives on stage to speak at a campaign rally at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

After leaving the White House, President Trump may lose his SAG card, too. The Screen Actors Guild said Tuesday that the SAG-AFTRA board voted "overwhelmingly" that there is probable cause that Trump violated its guidelines for membership, the AP reports. The charges, the guild said, are for Trump's role in the Capitol riot on January 6, "and in sustaining a reckless campaign of misinformation aimed at discrediting and ultimately threatening the safety of journalists, many of whom are SAG-AFTRA members." If found guilty by a disciplinary committee, Trump faces expulsion. Trump has been a SAG member since 1989. His credits include The Apprentice, Saturday Night Live, and many cameos in films and TV series including Home Alone 2 and Sex and the City.

The SAG board acted in response to a request from Gabrielle Carteris, the guild's president. "Donald Trump attacked the values that this union holds most sacred—democracy, truth, respect for our fellow Americans of all races and faiths, and the sanctity of the free press,” Carteris said in a statement. "There's a straight line from his wanton disregard for the truth to the attacks on journalists perpetrated by his followers." A White House spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday. Losing SAG membership doesn't disqualify anyone from performing. But most major productions abide by union contracts and hire only union actors. (Macauley Culkin is on board with a campaign to remove Trump from Home Alone 2.)

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