James Murdoch, the CEO of 21st Century Fox and son of conservative media magnate Rupert Murdoch, slammed President Trump’s response to violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, and pledged a $1 million donation to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
On Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter obtained the email memo Murdoch sent to friends. In the email, Murdoch stated he was concerned with Trump’s comments on the violence that broke out after a nationalist rally last Saturday.
“What we watched this last week in Charlottesville, and the reaction to it by the President of the United States, should concern all of us as Americans and free people,” Murdoch wrote.
“These events remind us all why vigilance against hate and bigotry is an eternal obligation — a necessary discipline for the preservation of our way of life and our ideals. The presence of hate in our society was appallingly laid bare as we watched swastikas brandished on the streets of Charlottesville and acts of brutal terrorism and violence perpetrated by a racist mob,” according to Murdoch.
“I can’t even believe I have to write this: standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or terrorists. Democrats, Republicans, and others must all agree on this, and it compromises nothing for them to do so.”
Murdoch also announced that he would be donating to the ADL, and suggested his friends should do the same.
Earlier this week, Murdoch had reportedly advised President Trump to fire White House chief strategist and former Breitbart executive, Steve Bannon. The New York Times reported that Murdoch broached the topic with Trump at a recent White House dinner, urging him to oust Bannon.
Murdoch’s advice follows reports that President Trump may believe Bannon to be the source of recent leaks, particularly regarding national security adviser H.R. McMaster. According to the report, Trump did not reject the advice and even voiced his own concerns about Bannon.
Trump has reportedly been “irritated” with Bannon following a series of negative articles written about national security adviser H.R. McMaster by the adviser’s former news site, Breitbart. The report also speculated that if Trump were to ax Bannon, he would likely call on Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly to do the “dirty work.”
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