State Department Envoy Resigns, Spells 'Impeach'

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Daniel Kammen, the science envoy of the U.S. State Department, has resigned from his position in protest of President Donald Trump's response to a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Kammen's letter of resignation covertly spelled out a call for the president's impeachment.

On Aug. 23, Kammen took to social media to announce his resignation from the State Department.

"Mr. President, I am resigning as Science Envoy," Kammen tweeted out. "Your response to Charlottesville enables racism, sexism, & harms our country and planet."

The former envoy shared his official letter of resignation, which noted that he had served at the State Department since 1996.

"My decision to resign is in response to your attacks on core values of the United States," Kammen wrote. "Your failure to condemn the white supremacists and neo-Nazis has domestic and international ramifications ... Particularly troubling to me is how your response to Charlottesville is consistent with a broader pattern of behavior that enables sexism and racism, and disregards the welfare of all Americans, the global community and the planet."

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On Aug. 12, a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville turned deadly when alt-right member James Alex Fields Jr. allegedly drove his car through a crowd of anti-racist counter protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others, the Washington Post reports.

On Aug. 15, Trump ignited controversy when he asserted that counter-protesters at the rally shared blame for the violence with the white nationalists.

"I do think there's blame on both sides," Trump said during a press conference in Trump Tower, according to CNBC. "You look at both sides ... you also had people that were very fine people on both sides."

The president added that he believed that some participants in the white supremacist rally were not racist and "the press has treated them absolutely unfairly."

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Kammen stated in his resignation letter that he could not continue working in the State Department after Trump's remarks: "Acts and words matter. To continue in my role under your administration would be inconsistent with the principles of the United States Oath of Allegiance to which I adhere."

Kammen's resignation letter also appeared to contain a coded message for the president: the first letter of each paragraph spelled the word "IMPEACH."

On Aug. 18, the remaining 16 members of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities also planted a coded message for Trump when they also resigned in protest of his Charlottesville remarks, CNN reports.

"Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions," the committee members wrote.

The first letter of each paragraph for the resignation letter spelled out "RESIST."

On Aug. 17, a Public Religion Research Institute survey found that 40 percent of national adults wanted Congress to impeach Trump; 72 percent of Democratic respondents and 38 percent of independents wanted the president removed from office, while only 7 percent of Republican respondents agreed.

Sources: CNBCCNNDaniel M Kammen/Twitter, PRRI, Washington Post / Featured Image: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/Flickr / Embedded Images: AgnosticPreachersKid/Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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