Donald Trump Just Called Spike Lee's Oscar Speech 'Racist', and Joe Scarborough's Response Is Basically All of Us

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Filmmaker Spike Lee urged Americans to vote out President Donald Trump in 2020 after winning his first Oscar on Sunday night for his movie, Blackkklansman.

“The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilize,” Lee said in his acceptance speech. “Let’s all be in the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate.”


Early Monday morning, Trump lashed out at Lee on Twitter over having read from notes and accused Lee of being a racist. Trump also wrote that his policies have done more to help African Americans than almost any previous 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," Trump tweeted, "who has done more for African Americans (Criminal Justice Reform, Lowest Unemployment numbers in History, Tax Cuts,etc.) than almost any other Pres!"

A few hours later, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough tore into Trump, whom he considers "the most racist president in American history."

Trump, 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."

Trump apparently believes he has done more than Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson.

Trump's views on the Central Park Five in the 1980s were fully racist, as was the "birther" conspiracy Trump proudly pushed about President Barack Obama.

In 2017, Trump referred to white supremacists as "very fine people" after one of them rammed his car into a crowd at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing activist Heather Heyer.

Trump's hypocrisy knows no bounds.

Here is the thing about reading from notes...

... it indicates preparedness and literacy.

Lee never even mentioned Trump's name. Not once.

Nevertheless, Trump took Lee's remarks personally. Wonder why?

Love and hate, indeed.

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Across the country, states have instituted stay-at-home orders in an effort to curb the spread of the highly contagious virus that's upended daily life in the United States.

Late last month, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued one of these orders, urging his constituents to only leave their houses for necessary errands, such as getting groceries or filling prescriptions.

There's just one problem: Wisconsin's elections are scheduled for April 7. In addition to the Presidential primaries, Wisconsinites will vote for judicial positions, school board seats, and thousands of other offices.

The Democratic and Republican National Committees took the case to the Supreme Court, with Democrats arguing that the deadline for mailing absentee ballots should be extended by a week, to April 13, in order to facilitate voting from home.

With a Wisconsin Supreme Court Seat up for grabs on Tuesday, Republicans predictably made the case for why as few people as possible should be permitted to vote. It was a continuation of Wisconsin GOP efforts to suppress the vote, which included rejecting a demand from Governor Evers to automatically mail an absentee ballot to every resident.

The Republican majority in United States Supreme Court sided with the RNC and the election in Wisconsin will carry on as scheduled. This is despite Wisconsin being unprepared for the surge in absentee ballot requests, which leapt from a typical 250,000 to over 1.2 million in reaction to the virus. Thousands of these voters won't even receive these ballots until after the election, thereby preventing them from exercising their right to vote.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a blistering dissent to the majority's decision, saying:

"Either [voters] will have to brave the polls, endangering their own and others' safety. Or they will lose their right to vote, through no fault of their own. That is a matter of utmost importance — to the constitutional rights of Wisconsin's citizens, the integrity of the State's election process, and in this most extraordinary time, the health of the Nation."

She was flabbergasted that her more conservative colleagues didn't think a global pandemic and national crisis was enough to justify emergency policies ensuring Wisconsinites their right to vote:

"The Court's suggestion that the current situation is not 'substantially different' from 'an ordinary
election' boggles the mind...Now, under this Court's order, tens of thousands of absentee voters, unlikely to receive their ballots in time to cast them, will be left quite literally without a vote."

A majority of the Supreme Court may not have agreed with Ginsburg, but the court of public opinion was fully on her side.





The Republican efforts indicated to some that the party cares more about maintaining control than preserving lives.




Large crowds are already gathering in Wisconsin to vote.

In a bit of devastating irony, the Supreme Court voted remotely when making its decision.

For more information about the tried and true tactic of GOP voter suppression, check out Uncounted, available here.

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