Spike Lee said President Donald Trump is “on the wrong side of history” when it comes to comments he made after violence broke out at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, last year.
“I just think that his [Trump] dog whistle stuff has given these people that Come out,'” the 61-year-old filmmaker told the Hollywood Reporter in a piece published Wednesday while promoting his new movie “BlacKkKlansman.” “They get the signal. Thats what happened in Charlottesville.”
“Agent Orange refused to repudiate the Klan, the alt-right and the Nazis. Theres good people on both sides. Thats going to be on his gravestone,” Lee added. “Hes on the wrong side of history.”
Later, he was asked his thoughts about comments made by Kanye West in support of Trump and calling slavery “a choice.”
“I pray for my brother. I pray for my brother. I pray for him,” Lee shared.
The filmmaker also posted a message on his Instagram Wednesday slamming the rapper for the slavery comment.
“SLAVERY…A CHOICE My Brother,OUR Ancestors Did Not Choose To Be Stolen From Mother Africa. OUR Ancestors Did Not Choose To Be Ripped Of Our Religion,Language,Culture. OUR Ancestors Did Not Choose To Be Murdered, Lynched,Castrated,Raped,Burnt At The Stake,Families Sold Apart. OUR Ancestors Built This Country (On Land Stolen From The Native Americans)From The Ground Up Under The Institution Of SLAVERY,” Lee captioned his post.
“Where Is This Brother In The Picture Next To Me I Would Not Be Surprised If OUR Ancestors Are Not Pleased With Your Uneducated Comments. P.S. Your Retraction Does Not Undue The Harm You Cause To Our Beloved ANCESTORS. WAKE UP,” he added.