Nearly 300 of Mnuchin's college classmates urge him to resign

Nearly 300 of Mnuchin's college classmates urge him to resign
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A group of nearly 300 of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's college classmates from his Yale 1985 graduation class are urging him to resign, in an effort to distance himself from President Trump's remarks on violence in Charlottesville, Va. 

The letter, says Mnuchin has a "moral obligation" to resign from his role in the president's cabinet.

"We, some of your fellow members of the Yale College Class of 1985, write to you today in response to President Trump’s comments on the recent events in Charlottesville. We believe it is your moral obligation to resign your post as Secretary of the Treasury, effective immediately," the letter reads.

"We understand that graduates of Yale College have served the United States proudly as presidents, members of the cabinet, and in many other capacities since its founding, and that rarely, if ever, have any of us made such a request of a classmate, whatever our differences in political opinion have been."

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The letter was issued in response to Trump's bombastic press conference on Tuesday, during which he doubled down on claims that "both sides" at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., were responsible for the violence that resulted in one death and more than a dozen injured.

“What about the alt-left that came charging at the — as you say, the alt-right?” Trump asked. “Do they have any semblance of guilt? What about the fact they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do. As far as I am concerned, that was a horrible, horrible day," Trump said Tuesday.

Mnuchin was in attendance during the press briefing.

"President Trump has declared himself a sympathizer with groups whose values are antithetical to those values we consider fundamental to our sacred honor as Americans, as men and women of Yale, and as decent human beings. President Trump made those declarations loudly, clearly, and unequivocally, and he said them as you stood next to him. We can be Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and a number of other things and still be friends, classmates, and patriots, but we cannot be Nazis and white supremacists," the letter said.

"We call upon you, as our friend, our classmate, and as a fellow American, to resign in protest of President Trump’s support of Nazism and white supremacy. We know you are better than this, and we are counting on you to do the right thing."