Many were offended by Donald Trump's failure to strongly condemn the neo-Nazis who protested in Charlottesville over the weekend. One prominent Trump critic was Merck CEO Ken Frazier, who resigned from Trump's economic advisory council on Monday over Trump's failure to adequately address the tragedy.
But whereas Trump took days to finally come out and forcefully speak out against the groups responsible for the violence in Charlottesville, he took no time at all to condemn Frazier for his resignation, taking to Twitter Monday morning to air his grievance:
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 (@Donald J. Trump) 1502715287.0
Many on Twitter noted the discrepancy between Trump's reactions to the two events, especially considering Frazier is African-American.
CNN's Andrew Kaczynski tweeted out what many were clearly thinking:
It's still shocking Trump is condemning the Merck CEO more than he did white nationalists. https://t.co/luEP1LQpwf— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@andrew kaczynski🤔) 1502720311.0
But others were not shocked at all.
@KFILE Respectfully disagree. Nazis/white nationalists have said only good things about Trump. Merck guy criticiz… https://t.co/JqkWQfrosy— S.V. Dáte (@S.V. Dáte) 1502720441.0
@chelliehylton @KFILE Yes Michelle! The only true shock I've felt is seeing the shock of others at what's transpire… https://t.co/ssYTpmOA4A— Camille (@Camille) 1502721710.0
And many praised Frazier while slamming the President.
@realDonaldTrump He has proven himself to be a man of character for not wanting to be associated with an administra… https://t.co/9PVKsvA5zE— Bishop Talbert Swan (@Bishop Talbert Swan) 1502721789.0
@realDonaldTrump Ken's actions demonstrated that he has a moral center, something utterly lacking in a man holding… https://t.co/MxJPLBMQ9c— Bishop Talbert Swan (@Bishop Talbert Swan) 1502721954.0
@realDonaldTrump The world is on fire. But great that the Merck CEO resigned because you won't denounce Nazis. Ok… https://t.co/xsAnQBROd3— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@Holly Figueroa O'Reilly) 1502721434.0
Others noted that other CEOs were fleeing Trump as well.
@realDonaldTrump Quitting Trump's councils in disgust: Elon Musk (Tesla) Bob Iger (Disney) Ken Frazier (Merck) . . https://t.co/39sg8VxeM0— Adam Khan (@Adam Khan) 1502726288.0
@ActorwithaChip @realDonaldTrump Musk, Iger stepped down over Trump's Paris Agreement pullout–he has not singled ei… https://t.co/8esgLOk9HX— Adam Khan (@Adam Khan) 1502727262.0
So how is this playing out for Trump?
@realDonaldTrump 34% approval and sinking. Nice work!— Michael Jones (@Michael Jones) 1502734386.0
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