Because he just had to say something about an Academy Awards broadcast in which his name was not mentioned once, President Donald Trump lashed out at director Spike Lee on Twitter Monday morning.
“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!”
That was odd, Seth Meyers noted on his Late Night show Monday night, given what Lee said during his acceptance speech.
“The 2020 presidential election is around the corner,” Lee told the crowd, accepting his first-ever competitive Oscar for writing BlacKkKlansman. “Let’s all mobilize, let’s all be on the right side of history, let’s choose love over hate, let’s do the right thing.”
“I love that he didn’t mention Trump by name, but Trump heard ‘hate’ and assumed it was about him,” Meyers said. “When Trump hears the word hate, it’s like his bat signal.”
Then there was the substance of Trump’s attack. “I’m sorry, are you really calling someone else a racist who can’t read notes?” Meyers asked. “Every time you read off a teleprompter, you sound like an Amazon Echo that fell in a toilet.”