Fox News’ Brit Hume Pushes Back on Trump’s Spike Lee Tweet: Speech Wasn’t Racist or Even ‘Particularly Anti-Trump’
Spike Lee won Best Adapted Screenplay last night and gave a speech that touched on the 2020 election but did not directly mention President Donald Trump. And ahead of his big Vietnam summit, the president this morning couldn’t help but weigh in, accusing the BlacKkKlansman director of a “racist hit on your President”:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2019
On Fox News tonight, Brit Hume told Chris Wallace that Trump’s tweet was completely misguided:
“I don’t think he was racist. And I don’t even think it was particularly anti-Trump. He didn’t mention the president. Look, Chris, you may have heard me on this before, I think the way the word ‘racist’ is flung around these days is a terrible thing. It was a great triumph for the civil rights movement, the national consensus––overwhelming national consensus against racism––and the word has been weaponized in politics. It’s used often by the left against conservatives and Republicans. Now we have the president using it against Spike Lee, who is obviously a Democrat and a leftist. I think the president is out of line on this. I think Spike Lee––I mean, he said some pretty strong things before, but that was kind of a unifying message he said. Love versus hate. I think, Chris, you and I are both for love versus hate. I would think if you asked the president, he’d say he was too. So I don’t think it’s his finest moment, that response.”
You can watch above, via Fox News.
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