Spike Lee stopped by CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” on Tuesday and asked why some still aren’t convinced about which group Donald Trump belongs to.
“Respectfully, why are we still asking if this guy’s a white supremacist? I mean it’s not even a question anymore,” Lee told Cooper. “I mean the Muslim ban, all Mexicans are rapists, murderers, drug dealers.”
Spike Lee said he’s baffled as to why people still wonder if Donald Trump is a white supremacist. (Photos: Nicky J Sims/Getty Images Entertainment via Getty Images, Mandel Ngan/Getty Images Entertainment via Getty Images)
The 62-year-old filmmaker then brought up August 2017’s “Unite the Right” rally, organized by white supremacists, where burning torches were carried and chants like the Nazi slogan “blood and soil” were yelled.
James Alex Fields Jr., a self-proclaimed white supremacist, purposely drove his car into a crowd at the rally and killed a woman named Heather Heyer and injured many others, a crime for which he was sentenced to life in prison.
Additionally, a Black man named DeAndre Harris was beaten by a group of white men as well, who struck him with poles as he laid helpless on the ground. Last year two of the men, Jacob Scott Goodwin and Alex Michael Ramos, were sentenced to eight and six years, respectively.
Trump later said there were “very fine people on both sides” of the rally, which he still receives heavy criticism for.
“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,” Lee told Cooper. “He’s going to be on the wrong side of history and that’s going to be the first thing that’s attached to him.”
Lee also said Trump gave white supremacists and similar groups the “dog whistle” to bring their racist ideology to society’s forefront.
He then stated those following Trump will also be on the wrong side of history and suggested the people who’ve endorsed him have a financial incentive to do so.