On Tuesday, director Spike Lee talked with CNN’s Anderson Cooper about race, slavery, and President Donald Trump — and pulled no punches on any of it.
“I think that most woke historians would say that this country, the United States of America, was built upon the genocide of people and slavery. I mean, that’s a fact,” said Lee. “And I think that if we Americans came to study how this country started, we wouldn’t be talking about kick immigrants out, you know, because if it wasn’t — I mean, Native Americans, people brought here as slaves, everyone was immigrants. I woke up this morning and went on Instagram and felt my ancestors, not the only one saying this but I think it’s a very important date today in American history.”
On Trump, Lee was critical of the media walking on eggshells about Trump’s racism.
“Another thing I’d like to say respectfully, why are we still asking is this guy a white supremacist?” said Lee. “I mean, like it’s not even the question, I mean, the Muslim ban, all Mexicans are rapists, drug dealers. And then Charlottesville, we have marching. The KKK, the alt-right, neo-Nazis, and he can’t make a decision between what’s right and wrong? What’s love and hate? Both people — I mean, that’s going to be — I mean, that quote, that’s going to be attached to him. He’s going to be on the wrong side of history and that’s the first thing they will say, that quote.”
“It’s interesting, there is a movement among Republicans to rewrite the history of what the president said about ‘very fine people,'” commented Cooper. “Because the president said very fine people on both sides specifically referencing Friday night in Charlottesville, which is the night of the tiki torch—”
“Not buying it,” said Lee. “You know what that is? Subterfuge. Shenanigans.”
“Maybe I’m stupid and naive, but I was shocked to see all these, you know, whatever age they were people totally fine with showing their faces, chanting ‘Jews will not replace us,'” said Cooper.
“‘Blood and soil,'” said Lee. “Because the guy in the White House gave the dog whistles, like ‘come on out.’ So our guys in the White House say we’re good.”
Trump is ‘hate-tweeting’ about polls because he is in an ‘unprecedented position of weakness’: CNN’s Avlon
On CNN Monday, fact-checker John Avlon broke down why President Donald Trump is attacking the polls — and what it signals for his re-election efforts.
"President Trump's been hate-tweeting a lot lately about polls, calling them all fake news," said Avlon. "Which means they're probably not looking too good for him. But that's despite a CNN poll from June that found a majority of Americans think Trump will win re-election and there's a lot of confidence coming from the White House. They point to the power of incumbency, a huge money advantage and at least to date strong economy."
"But go back to the data and you'll see that there is real reason for Trump to be nervous," continued Avlon. "First, he's the only president in the history of the Gallup poll never to hit 50 percent approval. That's despite the lowest unemployment rate in nearly 50 years. That's not all. A new CNN poll shows a stunning six in ten voters say that Trump doesn't deserve a second term, with a dismal 39 percent approval rating. Dig deeper and you will see a stark enthusiasm gap — a recent Washington Post/ABC poll found 27 percent of folks strongly approve of Trump's performance, while 48 percent strongly disapprove. Another poll, 53 percent of registered voters say they would definitely vote against him."
‘RIP GOP’: Polling expert predicts devastating Trump 2020 electoral wipeout
Democratic pollster and strategist Stanley Greenberg went on CNN Monday to explain why he believes President Donald Trump and the Republican Party are headed toward a historic and humiliating defeat in the 2020 elections.
In an interview with CNN's John Berman, Greenberg discussed his new book called "RIP GOP" in which he makes a case that Trump's presidency has shifted public opinion in Democrats' favor while repelling moderate voters from the Republican Party.
"I think what happened going into 2016 is Donald Trump took over the Tea Party base of the party, allied it with evangelicals and took the party to a very extreme end," he said. "I believe... Donald Trump's election will speed the defeat of the Republican Party because of its dominance by the Tea Party and evangelicals, which won't consider compromise, which won't consider a multicultural America in a part of our future. And I also thought it would speed up the resistance and also people's consciousness of what they believe and their values, and all of that has happened."
Ex-Trump official warns against president’s Iran warmongering: ‘Predictable irrationality’
On Monday, former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci warned that President Donald Trump's Iran diplomacy is in serious jeopardy.
"It’s a super serious situation, so I just want to talk very precisely," said Scaramucci. "There’s three issues going on now. One, because there’s a vacuum of leadership inside the White House. He’s more or less moved out everybody that could potentially disagree with him or offer some level of dissent. When the leader of the free world continues to use the words locked and loaded, it’s the opposite of somebody like Teddy Roosevelt. Speak softly and carry a large stick. And this is send out military threats over Twitter. It’s a precarious situation. I think it’s very, very serious."