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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WATCH LIVE: Trump holds mask-optional Mount Rushmore rally and fireworks celebration
President Donald Trump left the White House during the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday to attend an Independence Day event in South Dakota.
Trump was told not to attend but did so anyway.
“Trump coming here is a safety concern not just for my people inside and outside the reservation, but for people in the Great Plains. We have such limited resources in Black Hills, and we’re already seeing infections rising,” the Oglala Sioux president, Julian Bear Runner, told the Guardian. “It’s going to cause an uproar if he comes here. People are going to want to exercise their first amendment rights to protest and we do not want to see anyone get hurt or the lands be destroyed."
Trump Jr’s girlfriend tests positive for COVID-19 in South Dakota ahead of the president’s event: report
Yet another senior Donald Trump advisor has tested positive for COVID-19.
"Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of President Trump’s eldest son and a top fund-raising official for the Trump re-election campaign, tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday before a Fourth of July event at Mount Rushmore, a person familiar with her condition said," The New York Times reported shortly before Trump's speech began.
Trump supporters shouted ‘go home’ at Native Americans protesting Mount Rushmore rally on their land: report
The protesters argued that it is their land after the Ft. Laramie Treaty of 1868, which was ratified by the U.S. Senate.
The Black Hills of South Dakota, where Mount Rushmore is located, was among the lands the tribes received to bring about an end to Red Cloud's War, which is also known as the Bozeman Trail War.