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Spike Lee Goes on Expletive-Laced Tirade Against Trump During Premiere of His New Film

Film producer Spike Lee went on an expletive-laced rant against President Donald Trump Monday following the premiere of his new film, “BlacKkKlansman.”

Lee unloaded on Trump for, in his view, failing to adequately condemn white supremacy last summer, when neo-Nazis and white nationalists rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – AUGUST 13: The statue of Confederat Gen. Robert E. Lee stands in the center of Emancipation Park the day after the Unite the Right rally devolved into violence August 13, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Charlottesville City Council voted to remove the statue and change the name of the space from Lee Park to Emancipation Park, sparking protests from white nationalists, neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and members of the ‘alt-right.’ (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Here’s what Lee said in his F-bomb-filled rant, according to Variety:

“That motherf***er was given a chance to say we are about love, and not hate, and that motherf***er did not denounce the motherf***ing Klan, the ‘alt-right,’ and those Nazi motherf***ers. It was a defining moment, and he could’ve said to the world … that we were better than that.”

Lee, like many others, took issue with the way Trump handled the situation. Initially, the president did not specifically condemn white supremacy but instead rebuked the violence coming from “many sides.”

After facing a lot of criticism for his handling of the situation, Trump described racism as “evil” during a press conference two days after the riots that left one person dead. He continued:

“And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans. Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America.”

Lee’s film is based on a true story about a black detective who in the 1970s successfully infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. According to Variety, after the premiere showing, the movie received a six-minute standing ovation.

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Tré Goins-Phillips is a writer for IJR operating out of Lynchburg, Virginia. After graduating from Liberty University, where he served as the opinion … more

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