By Frederick H. Lowe
Kenneth C. Frazier, chairman and CEO of Merck & Co. Inc., a Kenilworth, N.J., pharmaceutical firm, today resigned from President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council to protest the president’s refusal to denounce a rally organized by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia. The rally turned violent, and one counter-protester was the victim of a vehicular homicide perpetrated by a white supremacist.
“Our country’s strength stems from its diversity and the contributions made by men and women of different faiths, races, sexual orientations and political beliefs. America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American idea that all people are created equal. As CEO of Merck and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism,” Frazier wrote.
In an earlier photo, Trump and Frazier sat next to each other at the White House and shared a laugh, but the congeniality is over.
Trump angrily tweeted, “Now Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from the President Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”
Trump has come under savage criticism from almost everyone except one group for his tepid response to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, during which Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old woman, was murdered by James Alex Fields Jr., a Nazi sympathizer from Maumee, Ohio.
Fields drove his car at a high rate of speed into a group of people protesting the rally. He also injured 19 others.
The district attorney charged Fields with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit and run.
Judge Robert Downer today ordered Fields to be held without bail.
The neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer praised the president’s comments as “good.”
“He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us,” wrote Andrew Anglin, the website’s founder.
Three days after the white nationalist rally, Trump called the Klu Klux Klan and neo-Nazis ‘evil thugs.’
GoDaddy, The Daily Stormer’s domain provider, has told the organization to move its domain or be cancelled. GoDaddy doesn’t host The Daily Stormer’s content.
Bruno Mars makes a $1 million Earthly gift to Flint, Michigan
Bruno Mars announced on Saturday that he is donating $1 million from his Michigan concert to assist people affected by Flint, Michigan’s drinking water crisis.
Mars, a Grammy-award winning singer, told the audience at his show in Auburn Hills, Michigan, that he and his tour promoter Live Nation are sending the funds the Community Foundation of Greater Fint, a charity.
Leonard Mungo named general counsel for black state troopers
Leonard Mungo, a Detroit attorney, has been named general counsel for the National Black State Troopers Coalition, which represents black troopers in 24 states. The organization is based in Milwaukee.
The group elected Mungo during its 32nd annual summer training conference and membership meeting which was held August 2nd in Houston.
Mungo is an employee-rights attorney. He successfully litigated awards of more than $7 million in 2016 for three Michigan state troopers.
Derek Jeter and Michael Jordan buy the Miami Marlins for $1.2 billion
Retired New York Yankees star Derek Jeter has led an investor group that includes Michael Jordan in the purchase of the Miami Marlins for a reported $1.2 billion from team owner Jeffrey Loria.
Jeter will become the team’s CEO and Bruce Sherman, a New York-based financier, will control the team. Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Hornets who play in the NBA, is an investor in the group that now owns the Marlins.