Trump lashes out at Spike Lee, claims Oscar speech was ‘racist’

Trump lashes out at Spike Lee, claims Oscar speech was ‘racist’

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Director and screenwriter Spike Lee reads his acceptance speech after winning the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for his film BlacKkKlansman on Sunday night. (ABC screenshot)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump claimed Monday that director Spike Lee’s Oscar acceptance speech was a “racist hit” against him.

Lee’s film BlacKkKlansman received the Oscar Sunday night for best adapted screenplay. The movie tells the true story of a black police detective in Colorado who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. Lee was nominated for best director for the film, which also received a nod as best picture.

Although the filmmaker has received critical acclaim for decades of films focused on race, his win marked the director’s first Academy Award aside from an honorary Oscar he received in 2016.

In his acceptance speech on Sunday, he did not directly reference Trump, but expounded on the history of slavery in the U.S.

Lee capped his speech by stating that the 2020 election marks a turning point.

“The 2020 presidential election is around the corner,” Lee said. “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!”

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