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Spike Lee: Trump is on the ‘wrong side of history’

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Filmmaker Spike Lee slammed President Trump in a recent interview, referring to him as “Agent Orange” and accusing him of being on “the wrong side of history.”

Lee urged the president to “wake up, wake the f— up” in an interview following a Monday screening of his upcoming film, “BlacKkKlansman.”

“He’s a man of hate, violence, and can’t be trusted to make moral decisions. We can’t be silent anymore,” Lee told Vanity Fair.

“He’s on the wrong side of history, and we are on the right side of history with this film,” the director added.

{mosads}Lee similarly slammed the president following the Cannes debut of his film earlier this year and called him a “motherf—er” for his comments on last year’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in which he said “both sides” were responsible for clashes that broke out.

“Agent Orange refused to repudiate the Klan, the alt-right and the Nazis,” Lee told The Hollywood Reporter in reference to Trump at the time. “‘There’s good people on both sides.’ That’s going to be on his gravestone. He’s on the wrong side of history.”

The filmmaker’s new project, “BlacKkKlansman,” set to be released on August 10, focuses on the true story of a black Colorado Springs, Colo., police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s.

“It’s a story that continues to resonate today,” star John David Washington told Vanity Fair. “My hope is that people will watch the movie and be aware of what’s going on today. There’s this language of hate used among people today and it seems to be the same as it was in the ’70s.”

The film reportedly ends with documentary footage of the Charlottesville violence and march participant David Duke, the KKK “grand wizard” who is played by Topher Grace in Lee’s film, quoting Trump on the need to “take America back.”

Grace said his research of Duke’s media appearances in the 1970s and ’80s showed striking parallels with Trump. 

“[Duke] uses the terms ‘America first’ and ‘Make America Great Again’ more than once,” Grace said. “Watching and hearing Trump say those exact words in 2017, the similarities were pretty eye-opening, which is really scary. I think the bold message of the film is, if you don’t look at your history, you might be condemned to repeat it — and we might be repeating a bit now.”

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