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.”
‘Don’t you dare!’ CNN’s John Berman rains hell on Trump official Peter Navarro for suggesting he wants people to die
CNN's John Berman on Monday got into a heated exchange with Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro after he questioned whether Berman actually wanted to see people recover from being infected with COVID-19.
Toward the end of a lengthy interview about the potential merits of treating COVID-19 with anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, Berman told Navarro that "we all want the same thing, which is people to get better."
"I'm not sure we do sometimes," Navarro replied.
"What are you talking about?" Berman asked.
At this point, Navarro fumbled around trying to explain himself, but Berman called him out on it.
Trump just wants to be ‘the president on television’ and he ‘is not temperamentally equipped’: CNN reporters
CNN White House reporter John Harwood and Dana Bash noted that President Donald Trump loves to be the president on television, but not exactly in real life.
"Wolf, what we saw tonight was the limitations of President Trump as a leader in a situation like this," said Harwood. "He is not temperamentally equipped to tell people, 'this is going to be hard. You need to stick with it.' Push delayed gratification as he says, and he's told us explicitly, he's a cheerleader. He wants to give good news, not bad news. He's someone who wants affirmation in the moment. So, what he says is-- 'light at the end of the tunnel. We have to open this country back up.' He knows people want to hear that."
No, President Trump, hydroxychloroquine is not approved by the FDA for coronavirus and it has serious side effects
President Donald Trump announced on television that his new miracle drug, hydroxychloroquine, is saving people's lives. "What do you have to lose?" Trump asked Sunday. It's possible to lose several things.
CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale explained that the Food and Drug Administration had not approved hydroxychloroquine for use on coronavirus. It has only been approved to treat various other issues like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and malaria.