WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump claimed Monday that director Spike Lee’s Oscar acceptance speech was a “racist hit” against him.
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
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.
ICYMI: #SpikeLee’s acceptance speech.
“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!” 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 #Oscars pic.twitter.com/oCTRZUB8zQ
— theGrio.com (@theGrio) February 25, 2019
“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!”