President Trump took to Twitter this morning and slammed legendary Oscar-winning black filmmaker Spike Lee for his acceptance speech in which the hypersensitive and openly racist president perceived a personal attack on himself, even though Lee didn’t even mention him by name.
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Be nice if Spike Lee could read his notes, or better yet not have to use notes at all, when doing his racist hit on your President, who has done more for African Americans (Criminal Justice Reform, Lowest Unemployment numbers in History, Tax Cuts,etc.) than almost any other Pres!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2019
It is really telling that Donald Trump heard Spike Lee’s powerful words and reacted in this vicious and petty fashion. Spike Lee pleaded with the nation and asked that “let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing!”
By responding to these words in such a fashion, Trump is openly declaring that yes, I am on the side of hate, I am on the wrong side of history, and supporting me is the wrong thing to do.
Below is Spike Lee's speech. Nothing racist in it. What upset Trump was that Spike encouraged blacks to mobilize and vote. That's a threat to Trump's white supremacist power structure: pic.twitter.com/bXaREFcsRk
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) February 25, 2019
Trump may have been particularly angry about Spike’s winning of an OSCAR for the content of his movie, Black KKKlansmen, which tells the story of a police detective who infiltrated the association of Trump’s “very fine people” that the rest of us know as the terrorist group Ku Klux Klan.
The ending of the movie focuses on Donald Trump. Todd VanderWerff at VOX Culture writes “They’re about President Donald Trump, but they’re also not about President Donald Trump. They show you not just the immediate, but the big picture, everything that led to the man in the Oval Office.”
But knowing Trump and the way he responds to criticism, real or imagined, it’s not so much the fact that the President is being called out as much as who’s doing the calling out. His disgusting response, specifically the reference to “reading notes” echoes his attacks on the intelligence of President Obama, who he slammed for using a teleprompter.
Why does @BarackObama always have to rely on teleprompters?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 19, 2012
Perhaps the infamously semiliterate Trump is simply jealous of their reading skills, but more likely it is an exposure of his private belief that black people are simply intellectually inferior to him, a sundowning man whose brain is largely oatmeal at this point and is incapable of sustaining a single train of thought for more than a few minutes.
The claims that Trump has done more for African-Americans than any other president is so laughable that it doesn’t even merit a response.
Social media was NOT happy with the president’s morning tweet:
2016: Trump waits a week to condemn David Duke.
2017: Trump waits days to condemn Charlottesville Nazis, then defends/praises them off-script.
2019: Spike Lee wins Oscar for movie that condemns David Duke & Nazism.
Also 2019: Trump waits less than 10 hours to condemn Spike Lee
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) February 25, 2019
Trump is so racist he thinks Spike Lee’s call for people to do the right thing & vote is racist. Thank you, brother Spike, for lifting the call to do the moral thing.
— Rev. Dr. Barber (@RevDrBarber) February 25, 2019
I know this seems confusing if you read what Spike Lee actually said, but bear in mind that there is a segment of Americans who think talking about our racial history is racist against whites, and Trump is their hero.https://t.co/nbaBz9MZpY
— EmergenHat (@Popehat) February 25, 2019
Note: Spike Lee didn’t actually say one anti-Trump thing in his speech.
Also, once again, note that Trump insults the intelligence of a prominent black figure. https://t.co/XAf6ZsXM6E
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) February 25, 2019
A hit dog will holler.
“The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilize, let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing.” – #SpikeLee
This wasn’t a racist hit. It was a moral plea.
— Eunique Jones Gibson (@EuniqueJG) February 25, 2019