Academy Award winner Spike Lee says that President Trump’s white supremacy is “not even a question anymore” while also denouncing Trump supporters as greedy.
Speaking on CNN with Anderson Cooper to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first slaves arriving on North American soil, Lee expressed puzzlement over the fact that people still do not consider President Trump a white supremacist.
“Why are we still asking, ‘Is this guy a white supremacist?'” Lee asked on Tuesday. “It’s not even a question anymore. I mean, the Muslim ban, all Mexicans are rapists, murderers, and drug dealers …”
“Do you think he’s going to be re-elected?” Cooper asked.
“Can I get on my knees now and pray?” Lee responded.
Lee then directed his attention toward Trump supporters — who he said do not know what’s right and what’s wrong and lamented, would be found “on the wrong side of history.”
“I think that people out there really look in their heart and I truly believe people know what’s right and what’s wrong. You know that.” Lee said. “And a lot of these people getting behind this guy … they’re gonna be on the wrong side of history with him … For money? What are you doing it for? I mean … you kneel down before the altar of the almighty dollar, then I guess all bets are off.”
As for Spike Lee himself, he has previously admitted to staring “daggers” at interracial couples on the street. Spike Lee openly endorsed the boycotts against the states of Georgia and Alabama for enacting strict anti-abortion laws.
“They got to shut it down, you know?” Spike Lee said of the boycotts. “I’m sorry — I’m not sorry — but I know it’s going to affect people’s livelihood, but that’s how things change.”
“There were black bus drivers in Montgomery and they were affected by the boycott but so be it,” he continued. “You’ve got to be on the right side of history, and the state of Georgia and those other states, they’re wrong.”
Lee’s endorsement of the boycott came shortly after he acted like a sore loser when his film “BlacKkKlansman” lost the Best Picture Oscar to “Green Book.”
“After presenter Julia Roberts announced ‘Green Book’ as Best Picture, AP reporter Andrew Dalton was one of several journalists who noticed Lee wave his arms in anger before storming out of the theater,” reported Variety at the time. “However, before he could leave, he was stopped at the doors and was forced to return to his seat once the speeches had stopped.”
Speaking with reporters backstage, the director said he felt “snakebit” by the loss.
“I’m snakebit. Every time someone’s driving somebody, I lose,” Spike Lee told reporters. “I thought I was courtside at the Garden and the refs made a bad call.”
Spike Lee was referencing the Best Picture win of “Driving Miss Daisy” in 1990, a year which many Hollywood insiders believe Lee was snubbed of a Best Director award for “Do The Right Thing.”