Trump appointees, including CEOs and other officials have been resigning their posts en masse in response to President Donald Trump’s equivocating statements on a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, VA that left one counter-protester dead and more than 20 injured.
Now the State Department’s science envoy has also had enough — and he added a not-so-secret message in his resignation letter.
Daniel Kammen is the Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, and had, from 2016 until Wednesday, served as science envoy for the State Department. He had worked in the Department of Energy, EPA and State Department since 1996.
“Mr. President, I am resigning as Science Envoy. Your response to Charlottesville enables racism, sexism, & harms our country and planet,” Kammen said on Twitter when he posted his resignation letter, which called out Trump’s “failure to condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazis,” which Kommen said “has domestic and international ramifications.”
Mr. President, I am resigning as Science Envoy. Your response to Charlottesville enables racism, sexism, & harms our country and planet. pic.twitter.com/eWzDc5Yw6t
— Daniel M Kammen (@dan_kammen) August 23, 2017
After a more careful glance, the first letter in each of the seven paragraphs in Kammen’s letter spell out a hidden message directed towards the president: “IMPEACH.”
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) August 23, 2017
In his letter, Kammen drew parallels between Trump’s blaming of neo-Nazi violence on “both sides” and larger societal problems his administration has aggravated. Trump’s response was “consistent with a broader pattern of behavior that enables sexism and racism, and disregards the welfare of Americans, the global community and the planet.”
“Examples of this destructive pattern have consequences on my duties as Science Envoy. Your decision to abdicate the leadership opportunities and job creation benefits of the Paris Climate Accord, and to undermine energy and environmental research are not acceptable to me,” he wrote.
Kammen’s hidden message follows a similar tactic used by the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities, which submitted a letter when all of its members resigned that spelled “RESIST” when the first letter of each paragraph was read as an acrostic.