Filmmaker Spike Lee on Sunday spoke briefly with Rev. Al Sharpton about Donald Trump and the premiere of his new film “BlacKkKlansman,” which Lee acknowledged he wanted to be released on the one-year anniversary of the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” tally.
Trump on Saturday reference “the riots in Charlottesville a year ago,” but failed to reference Heather Heyer, who was killed when a white supremacist ran his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.
“I knew people would be talking about it,” Lee said. “I wanted to shed light on what happened, and also, reverend, what that guy [Trump] did. He had a chance—I don’t say his name, I call him ‘Agent Orange,’ shout out to Busta Rhymes, he came up with that—he had a chance to condemn hate, racism, the alt-right, the klan, neo-Nazis, and he didn’t do it.”
“And in fact, he made a moral equivalence,” Sharpton acknowledged.
“Yes, he tried to balance it,” Lee said. “He’s not saying anything about Heather Heyer, who lost her life, so I mean it is another example of who this guy is. And it is not even up for debate anymore. We know who this guy is.”
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Arkansas church vows to continue services: ‘Jesus died with COVID-19 so that you didn’t have to bear it’
An Arkansas church intends to hold church services despite recommendations from state officials to limit gatherings as part of the fight against the coronavirus.
Awaken Church, in Jonesboro, vowed in a Facebook post to continue holding services in defiance of a Health Department directive banning gatherings of 10 or more, and after churches in other parts of the country were the source of community outbreaks, reported Newsweek.
Trump’s path to re-election ‘smashed to splinters’ as his only achievement is swallowed up by the pandemic: report
In a piece for Politico, Ben White writes that Donald Trump was going into November's election with only one achievement under his belt -- a healthy economy -- and now he has nothing left to run if he wants to be re-elected.
With all of the gains made in the stock market long gone due to the coronavirus pandemic and the collapse of oil prices, White claims that the president's campaign strategy lies in tatters.
"The fundamental pillars of Donald Trump’s presidency — a hot economy, strong job growth and a rocking stock market — are all being smashed to splinters by the ravaging coronavirus, which has shuttered much of the nation and now officially ended a streak of 113 months of job gains dating back to the end of the Great Recession a decade ago," he wrote before noting the explosion of unemployment claims -- over ten million so far -- that has the country reeling.
Top South Dakota Republicans face investigation for appearing to be drunk during crucial coronavirus session
Lawmakers in South Dakota are investigating whether or not Senate Majority Leader Kris Langer (R) was drunk during a meeting earlier this week -- a meeting that dealt with new legislation regarding the coronavirus outbreak, the Rapid City Journal reports.
Another South Dakota Republican, Brock Greenfield, is also under investigation for his conduct during the meeting.
"Langer and Greenfield oversaw the Senate proceedings from a conference room in the Capitol as lawmakers convened through teleconference to decide on a series of emergency bills for the coronavirus outbreak," the Journal reports. "As the Senate prepared to adjourn Tuesday morning, Sen. Phil Jensen, a Rapid City Republican, said he had heard Langer was intoxicated and had interrupted meetings in the House and Senate. He then attempted to move to create a disciplinary committee."