Kal Penn On Presidential Arts Committee Resignation | All In | MSNBC

Kal Penn On Presidential Arts Committee Resignation | All In | MSNBC


>>>THE ENTIRE PRESIDENT’S COMMITTEE ON THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESIGN IN PROTEST OF EQUIVOCATION OF WHITE SUPREMACISTS AND NEO-NAZIS. THE LETTER INCLUDED THEY ARE NOT AMERICAN VALUES. YOUR VALUES ARE NOT AMERICAN VALUES. WE MUST BE BETTER THAN THIS. WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS. IF THIS IS NOT CLEAR TO YOU, WE CALL ON YOU TO RESIGN YOUR OFFICE, TOO. THE NOTE INCLUDED ODED ONE ADDIL MESSAGE. THE FIRST LETTER OF EACH PARAGRAPH SPELLED OUT ONE WORD, RESIST. THE MAN BEHIND THAT MESSAGE, ACTOR AND FORMER MEMBER OF THE ARTS COMMITTEE IS HERE.>>THANKS FOR HAVING ME. YOU TWEETED THE LETTER. YOU SAID EARLIER THIS MONTH, IT WAS DECIDED — SORRY, YOU SAID DEAR DONALD TRUMP HERE IS OUR LETTER OF RESIGNATION. THAT GOT RETWEETED A LOT. THEN THE WHITE HOUSE MADE AE A STATEMENT, NO, NO, NO. THEY DECIDED TO DISBAND IT. IT WASN’T THESE GUYS. WHO BROKE UP WITH WHOM?>>UNFORTUNATELY, WE BROKE UP WITH HIM FIRST. HE IS NOT ALLOWED TO BREAK UP WITH US AFTER THAT. I LEARNED THAT IN FOURTH GRADE.>>HOW DID IT COME TOGETHER? DISCUSS THE PROCESS THE MEMBERS DECIDED TO QUIT TOGETHER.>>SURE. PROBABLY HALF THE ORIGINAL MEMBERS LEFT AFTER THE ADMINISTRATION CHANGE BUT THE — WE WERE A COMMITTEE THAT DOESN’T TURN OUT. YOU MENTIONED WE ARE TECHNICALLY A WHITE HOUSE AGENCY. HALF OF US FIGURE WE DON’T AGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT ON ALMOST ANYTHING. IF OUR MANDATE IS ARTS EDUCATION AND CULTURAL DIPLOMACY, THAT IS WHAT WE ARE THERE FOR, WHY NOT SEE HOW MUCH WE CAN GET DONE. THIS WEEK WAS PARTICULARLY PRONOUNCED AND A LOT OF US DIDN’T WANT TO BE COMPLICIT WITH THIS. A FEW OF US SAID, LOOK, I’M THINKING OF RESIGNING, IS ANYONE ELSE FEELING THE SAME WAY. TURNED OUT WE ALL DID.>>WE HAVE HAD OVER THE COURSE OF A FEW WEEKS, SEVERAL HONNOREES SAY WE ARE NOT GOING TO SHOW UP. BUSINESS LEADERS WALKED AWAY FROM THE BUSINESS COUNCILS. MAR-A-LAGO LOSING FIVE OR MORE CHARITY EVENTS. WERE YOU INFLUENCED BY THE TRICKLE THAT IS TURNING INTO A FLOOD OF PEOPLE WALKING AWAY?>>NO. I DON’T THINK SO. LOOK, WE DIDN’T SET OUT TO INFLUENCE ANYBODY ELSE OR TO DO WHAT ANYBODY ELSE HAS DONE. WE LOOKED AT OURSELVES AND SAID THIS IS FAR BEYOND — YOU HAVE A SITTING PRESIDENT WHO IS EQUATING A TERRORIST WITH THE QUOTE, UNQUOTE, OTHER SIDE. WE SAID, LOOK, WE HAVE THIS INCREDIBLE ARTS PROGRAM TURN AROUND ARTS LAUNCHED THROUGH THE PRESIDENT’S COMMITTEE. IT IS VIBRANT AND DOING WELL. WHAT DO WE TELL OUR KIDS WHEN THEY ASK US, IS THIS NORMAL? WE SAID, WE CAN’T STAND AROUND AND HAVE OUR NAMES ATTACHED TO SOMETHING LIKE THIS. FOR US, THAT CERTAINLY WAS THE RIGHT DECISION.>>YOU MENTIONED THE KENNEDY CENTER. I HAVE ONLY GONE ONE TIME, I GOT TO GO LAST YEAR. PEOPLE KNOW YOU AS HAVING GOTTEN INVOLVED IN THE QUASI GOVERNMENTAL PROGRAMS DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. HOW DIFFICULT HAS IT BEEN FOR PEOPLE IN THE ARTS TO RECKON WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION GIVEN THE BLATANT STATEMENTS AGAINST MUSLIMS, MEXICANS OR AGAINST, YOU KNOW, PICK A GROUP.>>GREAT QUESTION. ARTISTS VIEW THEMSELVES AND FOLKS WHO WORK IN HUMANITIES DO, TO. YOU TRY TO SPARK A CONVERSATION. THE ARTS SHOULD, IN AN IDEAL WORLD, SPARK THAT CONVERSATION. I THINK THE PRESIDENT’S FY 2018 BUDGET, NOT SHOCKING, WAS DEFINITELY DISTURBING. ZERO DOLLARS FOR THE NEA AND NEH. YOU CAN HAVE TRUMPS TALK ALL THEY WANT PUBLICLY ABOUT HOW GREAT THE ARTS ARE AND HOW WE SHOULD BE EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN IN THE ARTS, BUT WHEN, PARTICULARLY IVANKA WHEN SHE WAS SENIOR ADVISER AND THERE’S ZERO DOLLARS FOR IT, IT IS CLEAR HOW THEY FEEL. MOST ARTISTS KNOW HOW TO DO A LOT WITH LITTLE. YOU HAVE VERY SMALL ARTS ORGANIZATIONS WITH INCREDIBLE STAFFS AND OUTREACH, FOLKS LIKE AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO MAKE SURE NOT JUST THE NEA AND NEH BUDGETS ARE PUT BACK IN, BUT FOLKS ARE AWARE OF THIS.>>IF YOU WERE INVITED TO THE WHITE HOUSE, WOULD YOU GO?>>I DON’T THINK I’M GETTING THAT INVITE.>>IF HE WANTED TO INVITE YOU TO COME, WOULD GROW?>>I WOULD POLITELY DECLINE RIGHT NOW. I HAVE TO SAY I CERTAINLY HOPE THEY DON’T ABANDON THE ARTS. IF FOLKS DON’T KNOW THERE’S A HUGE ECONOMIC COMPARESON. THAT’S THE BETWEEN AN ENGINEERING EDUCATION AND STEM WITH THE ARTS. IF THEY ARE SERIOUS ABOUT THIS, I HOPE THEY CONTINUE DOWN THAT PATH.>>CAL PENN, CURRENTLY PART OF THE GREAT CAST ON DESIGNATED

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100 Replies to “Kal Penn On Presidential Arts Committee Resignation | All In | MSNBC”

  1. You Anti-Trump crazies are Disgusting. You All should be brought up on charges for Race-Baiting. I will NOT BE YALLS POLITICAL PAWN. it's obvious y'all just want him out, how dare a Non-Politician WIN. #TRUMP2020 🇺🇸 #DrainTheSwamp

  2. In the Absence of Moral, rational, mature and Intellectual Leadership from Trump – it is good to see others fill this role.

  3. At this point, anyone who sticks with Trump is either a white nationalist or is comfortable enabling the white nationalists to undermine our democracy.

  4. I Like Joy. She is a very capable and trustworthy journalist and has a pleasant demeanor even as she asks the difficult and probing questions

  5. I have lost respect for nearly everyone i know because of the trump campaign. I live in Minnesota just seconds away from North Dakota which voted 75% trump. So most everyone i know in my opinion are immoral people. And I'm a 39 year old white man from North Carolina. You'd think I'd be the racist homophobic bigot but I am one of a few around here that isn't. I still don't understand how this happened.

  6. HAA HAA pathetic crybabbies is what people have become… those monuments are a reminder, like much of history what not to do again ever… so here we are doing exactly everyone is saying they are trying to avoid

  7. I'm really happy to see an artist such as Kal Penn, whom I used to know solely from the "Harold and Kumar" movies, take a very active and influential role in politics. It proves to me that anyone can have a voice in this complicated arena we call the political spectrum and affect it to influence others' lives for the better.

  8. I think Trump wants to be impeached. He cant handle this job, and he wants to be able to say i didnt quit, they fired me.

  9. He's a really cool guy. In 2010 he bought two tshirts from me on Christopher Street. I recognized him and said: Are you that guy from that movie? I was embarrassed later because I couldn't recall his name and a movie in which he ends up in Guantanamo. I took a picture with him 🙂

  10. Give me Kal cuckboy's position on this stupid arts committee President Trump. I would shut this waste of taxpayer dollars down immediately and use those funds for the big beautiful wall. MAGA.

  11. Isn't it amazing that Trump always says he had control and disbanded the panel and not that this committee abandoned him due to his repulsive behavior and lack of initiative…

  12. every day I hear racist tell (because I have a Trump bumper sticker in my car) of how much of a racist Trump is. if they would shut their racist mouth and unclog their cirn cob filled ears and listen to his platform instead of the bs they'd realize they are wrong.

  13. Many praise these and many others who resign because of what he does. That doesn’t teach trump anything, of anything it strengthens his message that everyone is against him, which emboldens his base. Instead of resigning, they should stay and try to convince him to change instead of leaving and no longer having any influence on him. This method of resigning makes zero sense if these people actually care about changing his methods.

  14. The Democratic party and its mental patients and the liberal lunatics are the dividers but hey lets blame Donald Trump. "I'm president and they're not" DJ Trump TRUMP 2020

  15. What an age we live in where people now decline an invitation from the White House or avoid meeting the President of the United States. Sad!

  16. the left's latest bs… they clearly threaten anyone supporting President Trump's agenda.. These celebs are anti-American and I feel they'll regret it later, when folks like me adamantly deny their services, stop watching their shows, stop the support of their sponsors… you guys should see the amounts I've saved at my business when the decision to boycott Starbucks took place, over $15,000 in 2016 alone, not to mention this year…

  17. Why didnt they write Joy's name on here. Without her I wouldnt even be watching. I like her coz she knows Trump all too well and was even 1 of the black tenants that were denied a home from Trump back in the day and she remembers all too well when Trump took out an add on the Parkview Five, even After they were let go he still eanted them dead. She always knew he was a racist pig.😝

  18. Wait.
    Wait wait wait.
    0:06 is that supposed to be an anti-swastika flag? That's not a swastika. Looks more like some twisted hybrid of a silhouette of a house and a soda cup with a bendy straw. What? Seriously, am I missing something here or did we fall back into "get a brain morans" territory with this thing?

  19. After the resignation the entire commitee went over to visit Obama and licked him from head to toe, around the world in 90 minutes

  20. He plays press secretary on designated survivor and does a much better job than any of the knob jockeys in that job in the last 8 months. Pity that Trumpty Dumptys idea of arts is finger painting the side of his happy meal box.

  21. When Trump's son asks "Dad are people who protest against evil, hateful Nazis or white hate groups just as bad as the hate groups? I wonder what Trump will teach his child. There seems to be a clear answer which is no however what will Trump teach his youngster?

  22. Why doesn't he just resign and go do that television network? He's at the least entertaining to watch. That way, he'll still have his base & his own tv show, and mentally stable Americans will finally be able to sleep at night

  23. So Trump's proposed FY'18 budget allocates $0 for the NEA and $0 for the NEH, but he's going to shut down the government until he gets his ridiculously expensive wall, which will accomplish NOTHING except be a symbol of hatred and intolerance that will most likely be knocked down by the next president. As a former NEH Fellowship recipient, this horrifies me.

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