MSNBC host Joe Scarborough called Donald Trump the “most racist president in modern American history” in response to Trump’s Monday morning tweet slamming director Spike Lee.
Trump had criticized Lee for his acceptance speech for best adapted screenplay, where the politically-minded filmmaker urged Oscars viewers to “do the right thing” when they vote in the next presidential election.
“The most racist president in modern American history who reads teleprompter worse than any national figure alive is attacking a black man for being ‘racist’ and reading from notes,” Scarborough tweeted.
“Churchill read from notes. FDR read from notes. Reagan read from notes. Wow,” he added.
The most racist president in modern American history who reads teleprompter worse than any national figure alive is attacking a black man for being “racist” and reading from notes
Churchill read from notes.
FDR read from notes.
Reagan read from notes.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) February 25, 2019
Earlier Monday, Trump accused Lee of “doing a racist hit” on him.
“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!” Trump tweeted.
Lee had won his first Oscar ever in a decades-long film career for “BlackkKlansman.”
“The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilize,” Lee said. “Let’s all be in the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate.”
Twitter seemed to side with Scarborough in this Twitter fight:
Trump is a bumbling, inarticulate, poorly informed, overweight orator–with racist tendencies used for personal gain. Yes on Churchill, FDR, Reagan. https://t.co/uOBqBPgg9O
— Joe Peyronnin (@joepeyronnin) February 25, 2019
Yes, the speech was a bit shaky at first. So what? This man has WORKED for decades and was genuinely excited. Trump can't comprehend actually working or being genuine. #WorstPresidentEver #DoTheRightThing
— Sally Meyer Cummings (@scummings929) February 25, 2019
Spike said “We have to do the right thing” and Trump can’t handle that. He knows he’s “THE WRONG THING!”
— GEORGETTE BANNAN (@GEORBAN) February 25, 2019