- President Donald Trump went after Hollywood on Friday, calling the industry “racist” and “really terrible.”
- Later in the day, Trump doubled down, calling “liberal Hollywood” racist “at the highest level” and “with great Anger and Hate!”
- “The movie coming out is made in order … to inflame and cause chaos,” he wrote on Twitter. “They create their own violence, and then try to blame others. They are the true Racists, and are very bad for our Country!”
- Trump was likely referring to “The Hunt,” a satirical film from Universal Studios about liberal elites hunting “deplorables” from the rural US for sport.
- Universal Studios pulled TV and digital ads for the film after two mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, roiled the country last weekend.
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President Donald Trump on Friday went after Hollywood, calling the industry “really terrible” and “racist.”
“Hollywood – I don’t call them elites, I think elites are people they go after in many cases – Hollywood is really terrible,” the president said, speaking with reporters on the White House lawn as he prepared to depart for his golf club in New Jersey.
“You talk about racism, Hollywood is racist,” he added. “What they’re doing with the kind of movies they’re putting out is actually very dangerous for our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country.”
He again attacked “liberal Hollywood” on Twitter later in the day, calling it “racist at the highest level” and “with great Anger and Hate!”
“The movie coming out is made in order … to inflame and cause chaos,” he added. “They create their own violence, and then try to blame others. They are the true Racists, and are very bad for our Country!”
Trump was likely referring to recent controversy surrounding “The Hunt,” a satirical film from Universal Studios that depicts liberal elites hunting “deplorables” from the rural US for sport. “Deplorables” is the term that Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, used to describe some Trump supporters during the election.
Universal Studios pulled TV and digital ads for the film after mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, roiled the country last weekend.
“Out of sensitivity to the attention on the country’s recent shooting tragedies, Universal Pictures and the filmmakers of ‘The Hunt’ have temporarily paused its marketing campaign and are reviewing materials as we move forward,” a Universal Pictures representative told Fox News late Wednesday.
The movie has infuriated many in the conservative sphere, who say it promotes violence against people with opposing political views.
Tim Young, a conservative political satirist who hosted a comedy program on The Daily Caller, told Fox News he found it “remarkable that the left blames Donald Trump’s rhetoric for violence, then literally spends millions to normalize the killing of people based on politics.”
The president invited sharp scrutiny after last weekend’s shootings, especially after law-enforcement officials discovered that the suspect in the El Paso shooting posted a racist manifesto online shortly before the massacre that echoed much of Trump’s incendiary rhetoric about immigrants.
The El Paso and Dayton shootings also shifted the spotlight back to the rising threat posed by right-wing extremism and white nationalism.
The FBI has 850 open domestic terrorism investigations. Of those, 40% involve racially motivated violent extremism, and a majority of those cases involve white nationalists, the bureau said. FBI Director Christopher Wray also told Congress last month that the agency counted 100 domestic terrorism arrests in the past nine months.