For the second time in a week, a government figure has used a letter of resignation to denounce President Trump that contains a hidden message denouncing Trump even further.
The latest is California-Berkeley energy professor Daniel Kammen, a science envoy with the State Department who stepped down from his position Wednesday.
In his resignation letter, Kammen harshly criticized President Donald Trump’s recent defense of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, and went one further, using the first letter of each paragraph to spell out the word “impeach.”
“My decision to resign is in response to your attacks on core values of the United States,” wrote Kammen, who was appointed under former President Barack Obama. “Your failure to condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazis has domestic and international ramifications.”
“Acts and words matter,” he continued. “To continue in my role under your administration would be inconsistent with the United States Oath of Allegiance to which I adhere.”
The hidden message was similar to the resignation letter sent earlier this month by the members of the White House’s Committee on the Arts and The Humanities, including actor Kal Penn. That letter used the first letter of each paragraph to spell out “resist.”
Kammen’s full letter is below.
Mr. President, I am resigning as Science Envoy. Your response to Charlottesville enables racism, sexism, & harms our country and planet. pic.twitter.com/eWzDc5Yw6t
— Daniel M Kammen (@dan_kammen) August 23, 2017