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Trump slams Spike Lee’s Oscar acceptance speech

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President Trump took to Twitter early Monday morning to slam director Spike Lee’s comments during his acceptance speech at Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, calling them a “racist hit on your president,” and saying it would be nice if the Oscar-winner could “read his notes, or better yet not have to use notes at all.”

Lee won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for “BlacKkKlansman,” his first competitive Academy win, and received a standing ovation as he took the stage. He read from a prepared speech, which touched on black history month and the journey of his family in the US. The film includes footage of Trump after the violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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His speech ended on a political note when he told the crowd “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!”

Trump seemed to take exception to the speech, calling it a “racist hit,” and claimed he “has done more for African Americans” than almost any other president.

Watch Spike Lee’s acceptance speech below:


Rob DeCola can be reached at robert.decola@globe.com. Find him on Twitter @robdecola. Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.