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Oscars 2019: Donald Trump blasts Spike Lee as "racist"


President Donald Trump has branded filmmaker Spike Lee as a “racist” just hours after BlacKkKlansman director’s historic victory at the 91st Academy Awards.

Lee landed his first Oscar on Sunday evening, claiming the gong for Best Adapted Screenplay. Upon accepting the award from Samuel L Jackson, Lee delivered a rousing speech which addressed the 2020 presidential campaign. “Before the world tonight, I give praise to our ancestors who have helped build this country into what it is today, along with the genocide of its native people,” Lee said.

He added: “We all connect with our ancestors. We will have love and wisdom regained, we will regain our humanity. It will be a powerful moment. The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilise. Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing!”

In reaction to Lee’s speech, Trump has taken to social media to brand the award-winning director as a “racist” and criticised the way he read his speech. “Be nice if Spike Lee could read his notes, or better yet not have to use notes at all, when doing his racist hit on your President, who has done more for African Americans (Criminal Justice Reform, Lowest Unemployment numbers in History, Tax Cuts,etc.) than almost any other Pres!” Trump wrote.

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