Al Sharpton and President Trump have been friends since the 1980’s. Only in recent years has Sharpton sounded a peep against Trump on charges of being a racist. Now that Trump is a Republican president, all bets are off. Using his MSNBC show, Deadline, he randomly makes the claim of racism against the president. The most recent rant happened over Hollywood producer and writer Spike Lee’s Oscar award acceptance speech.
Sharpton thinks that Trump is obsessed with race and that makes him a racist. A piece up at Breitbart reports on Sharpton’s latest anti-Trump rant. He was triggered that President Trump tweeted about Spike Lee’s speech. Sharpton claims that Lee didn’t mention race in his odd rambling speech and it may be true that the man didn’t literally say the word “race” but he sure did make his statement all about race. I watched the show and Sharpton is either deliberately being obtuse or he’s just being his usual bombastic self.
You can watch Lee deliver his speech HERE for yourself. His was a strange speech that no doubt he thought was clever. He linked that evening’s date with Black History Month and 2019. Then he went about connecting events with his ancestors. Spike Lee is black. He mentioned his slave ancestry. His words were all about race.
Spike Lee: I want to thank Tanya, The word today is irony. The date, the 24th. The month, February, which also happens to be the shortest month of the year. Which also happens to be Black History Month. The year, 2019. The year, 1619. History, herstory. 1619, 2019. 400 years, our ancestors were stolen from Africa and enslaved. They worked the land from morning to night. My grandmothers, who lived 100 years young, a college graduate even though her mother was a slave. My grandmother, who saved 50 years of social security checks to put me through college. She called me Spiky Poo. She put me through film school. NYU! Before the world tonight I give praise to my ancestors who built our country, along with the genocide of our native people. We all connect with ancestors, to regain our humanity. It will be a powerful moment. The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilize, let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing!
As I said, that speech was rambling and confusing. Lee ended it in a political statement. He wants to mobilize voters, a get out the vote move. While doing so, he makes the choice into one of love versus hate. The implication being that the Democrat candidate will be the love candidate or something. It was silly. But, he got to bring in “do the right thing” so there’s that bit of nostalgia from him. With the low ratings of these awards shows, it is clear that viewers are tired of the politics and just want honorees to say thank you and get off the stage. Thankfully, Spike Lee was one of the few to incorporate politics into the evening.
Al Sharpton is the worst kind of Trump critic. He’s got plenty of his own personal baggage, most spectacularly that of the Twana Brawley story. Sharpton also has a long anti-Semitic history Democrats flock to him anyway to get his blessing as they run for office. Kamala Harris had lunch with Sharpton just a few days ago.
If Spike Lee wants to talk about irony, which let’s face it, is dead in 2019, there is the truth that up until Trump ran for president as a Republican he was one of the Hollywood crowd. He was a Democrat donor and even has his own resume of television and movie appearances. Trump received awards from civil rights activists like Jesse Jackson’s Push Coalition. And, in 2017 Omarosa spoke up for Trump at Sharpton’s annual National Action Network luncheon. That was before she turned on Trump and profited off of it. That is what Sharpton and others are doing now. Those who once claimed friendships with Trump and worked with him now disown him.
A friend of mine re-tweeted out a montage of some of Trump’s pre-presidential television appearances. He’s been a part of the entertainment world for decades. Take a look. You may have seen some of them throughout the years yourself.
Dear millennials, please check out the decades Hollywood loved Trump. A montage of show after show he appeared on. The drop is when @kathygriffin on “Suddenly Susan” unveils a mag cover w/ Trump that’s says “Our Next President” 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂at 3:09 mark https://t.co/Ks7Maqy6s4
— Kathleen McKinley (@KatMcKinley) March 3, 2019