Director Spike Lee says President Donald Trump should "speak for our nation against hate" as the most powerful man in the world "at the helm of the cradle of democracy," and suggests his response to the Charlottesville incident is the biggest stain on his presidency.
"When all this shit is said and done, of all the f–ked--up things [Trump] said, that's going to be at the top," Lee said during a discussion on race published in Politico Magazine. "That's the first one historians are gonna go to."
Trump in 2017 attempted to place blame on both sides following a white nationalist rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia, a move that drew fiery backlash from both sides.
"You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides," Trump said at the time.
"He didn't" speak against hate, Lee told Politico, despite clear footage released of people wearing and waving swastikas and James Fields, an avowed neo-Nazi, ramming his car into a group of counter-protestors, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
When asked how America heals, Lee said he did not know.
"That’s not my job."
[My job is to] "show what the f– is happening. And hopefully, through dialogue or whatever, people see what the hell is going on. But I will not sit in front of this microphone staring at the Capitol Building and tell you that Spike Lee has an antidote to cleanse the world of hate, and racism. I won't do that. It'll be a lie. I don't have the answer."
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