O'Rourke praises Spike Lee after Trump criticism
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Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) is praising Spike Lee for showing “love over hate,” after President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden on Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: 'What country are we in?' Romney: 'Unthinkable and unacceptable' to not commit to peaceful transition of power Two Louisville police officers shot amid Breonna Taylor grand jury protests MORE called the director’s Oscar acceptance speech a “racist hit.”

O’Rourke, a potential 2020 White House hopeful, tweeted on Monday:


His message came hours after Trump took to Twitter to bash Lee’s remarks at Sunday’s 91st annual Academy Awards. Lee picked up the first Oscar of his career — apart from an honorary award in 2016 — in the best adapted screenplay category for "BlacKkKlansman.”

While he made no mention of Trump by name, the 61-year-old filmmaker, a frequent critic of the president, encouraged viewers to “mobilize” ahead of the next White House race.

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

Trump tweeted in response:

O’Rourke, 46, has not announced whether or not he’ll launch a 2020 presidential bid. He said last week that his future “may involve running for the presidency. It may involve something else.”