‘He Had A Chance’: Filmmaker Spike Lee Says Trump's Embrace of Neo-Nazis 'Is Not Even Up for Debate'

"He had a chance to condemn hate, racism, the alt-right, the klan, neo-Nazis, and he didn't do it.”

Filmmaker Spike Lee

Filmmaker Spike Lee on Sunday spoke briefly with Rev. Al Sharpton about Donald Trump and the premier of his new film “BlacKkKlansman,” which Lee acknowledged he wanted to be released on the one-year anniversary of the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” tally.

Trump on Saturday reference “the riots in Charlottesville a year ago,” but failed to reference Heather Heyer, who was killed when a white supremacist ran his car into a crowd of counter-protestors.

“I knew people would be talking about it,” Lee said. “I wanted to shed light on what happened, and also, reverend, what that guy [Trump] did. He had a chance—I don’t say his name, I call him ‘Agent Orange,’ shout out to Busta Rhymes, he came up with that—he had a chance to condemn hate, racism, the alt-right, the klan, neo-Nazis, and he didn't do it.”

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“And in fact he made a moral equivalence,” Sharpton acknowledged.

“Yes, he tried to balance it,” Lee said. “He’s not saying anything about Heather Heyer, who lost her life, so I mean it is another example of who this guy is. And it is not even up for debate anymore. We know who this guy is.”

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Elizabeth Preza is the Managing Editor of AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @lizacisms.