Trump slams Spike Lee calling his Oscars speech a 'racist hit on your President'

Spike Lee won best adapted screenplay for "BlacKkKlansman."

February 25, 2019, 9:11 AM

President Donald Trump slammed Oscar winner Spike Lee on Twitter Monday morning, saying his speech on Sunday was a "racist hit on your President."

Trump tweeted, "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!"

When Lee accepted the award for best adapted screenplay for "BlacKkKlansman," his speech did not mention Trump by name, but did urge voters to mobilize for the 2020 election.

"Before the world tonight, I give praise to our ancestors who have built this country into what it is today along with the genocide of its native people," Lee said. "We all connect with our ancestors. We will have love and wisdom regained, we will regain our humanity."

PHOTO: Spike Lee jumps into the arms of Samuel L. Jackson as he accepts the award for best original screenplay during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., Feb. 24, 2019.
Spike Lee jumps into the arms of Samuel L. Jackson as he accepts the award for best original screenplay during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., Feb. 24, 2019.
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PHOTO: Spike Lee celebrates winning the Oscar for adapted screenplay award for 'BlacKkKlansman' with Samuel L. Jackson during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre, Feb. 24, 2019 in Hollywood, Calif.
Spike Lee celebrates winning the Oscar for adapted screenplay award for 'BlacKkKlansman' with Samuel L. Jackson during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre, Feb. 24, 2019 in Hollywood, Calif.
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"The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilize," Lee told the crowd. "Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate."

PHOTO: Spike Lee accepts the Oscar for adapted screenplay for 'BlacKkKlansman' onstage during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre, Feb. 24, 2019 in Hollywood, Calif.
Spike Lee accepts the Oscar for adapted screenplay for 'BlacKkKlansman' onstage during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre, Feb. 24, 2019 in Hollywood, Calif.
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"Let’s do the right thing!" he said, in a reference to his 1989 film.

PHOTO: Director Spike Lee holds knuckle rings reading "Hate" and "Love" on the red carpet at the Oscars in Hollywood, Calif., Feb. 24, 2019.
Director Spike Lee holds knuckle rings reading "Hate" and "Love" on the red carpet at the Oscars in Hollywood, Calif., Feb. 24, 2019.
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