Bill Hagerty, a GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in Tennessee and President Donald Trump’s former U.S. ambassador to Japan, resigned on Saturday from an agriculture firm that he discovered was promoting Black Lives Matter (BLM) extremism.
Hagerty, who is endorsed and supported by President Trump, made the decision to resign from the board of R.J. O’Brien when he found out the firm was actively promoting the Marxist BLM movement.
This move by Hagerty is significant in that it represents the beginning of a broader GOP pushback on the radical ideology associated with the BLM movement. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), the newly-appointed U.S. Senator from Georgia and co-owner of the Atlanta Dream WNBA team, also pushed back on the BLM radical movement in recent days. Both Loeffler and Hagerty have deep and long careers in business before they got involved in politics. Loeffler, whose husband Jeffrey Sprecht is the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, was CEO of a major financial firm before her appointment to the U.S. Senate. Hagerty, before and after his appointment as U.S. ambassador to Japan by Trump, has been deeply involved in a number of business and financial institutions like the board position at R.J. O’Brien.
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