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More former classmates of Mnuchin call on him to resign

More former classmates of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are calling on him to resign from his post in the Trump administration over the president’s response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Nearly 200 alumni of the private Riverdale Country School in New York signed a letter pushing him to resign from the Trump administration, calling Mnuchin’s own response to Trump’s comments on the violent white supremacist rally “deeply troubling.”

“By drawing a false equivalency between white supremacist neo-Nazis and the protesters who opposed them, by striving to demonize immigrants and people of color across America, the President—in words and in actions—is helping to tear down the values that have made our country strong,” the letter reads.

{mosads}“We are horrified by his lack of moral leadership. And by yours.”

The classmates condemned Mnuchin for “defending President Trump’s indefensible stance,” blaming the media over the uproar surrounding Trump’s comments and calling it a “distraction.”

“Steven, like you, we are Riverdale alumni. We all grew up in one of the most culturally and racially diverse cities in the world. We were fortunate enough to attend a school that taught us about equity, social justice, and the importance of doing the right thing. How is it that you have moved so far away from the values that we shared as students together?”

This isn’t the first time Mnuchin’s former classmates have called on him to resign — nearly 300 Yale alumni from his graduating year signed a letter similarly saying he should resign in the wake of Charlottesville.

Mnuchin responded by saying that he wouldn’t resign and that he didn’t believe Trump thought hate groups were morally equivalent to white supremacists.

Trump faced major backlash for blaming “both sides” for the violence at Charlottesville that left one person dead.

“What about the alt-left that came charging at the — as you say, the alt-right?” Trump said. “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.”

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