A question posed to President Donald Trump about social media censorship quickly spiraled into a freewheeling rant against “racist” Hollywood on the White House lawn Friday.
The president took questions from reporters on a range of topics before departing for a fundraiser in the Hamptons.
Asked about conservatives being banned on Twitter, Trump gave a similar answer to his recent comments on the matter.
“We’re looking at that right now,” he answered. “We have a lot of these companies coming in a little while, as you know.”
The president accused social media platforms of treating conservatives “very unfairly” before taking a dramatic shift in topic.
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TRUMP asked about Twitter:
“Hollywood is racist." pic.twitter.com/t60Y50oA6V
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) August 9, 2019
“Hollywood — I don’t call them the elites, I think the elites are people they go after in many cases,” he said. “But Hollywood is really terrible.”
The president accused Hollywood of being “racist” and “dangerous” for the country:
“You talk about ‘racist?’ Hollywood is racist. What they’re doing, with the kind of movies they’re putting out, it’s actually very dangerous for our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country.”
But Trump then dramatically pivoted back to discussing alleged conservative bias on social media platforms.
“We have now, in a little while, all of the heads of the biggest companies coming in, and we’re going to talk to them,” he continued. “They treat conservatives, Republicans, totally different than they treat others and they can’t do that.”
While the president didn’t specify why he believes Hollywood is racist, it’s not the first time he’s hurled the accusation at film and television productions.
Trump called “Django Unchained,” Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 western film starring Jamie Foxx as a freed slave taking on slave owners as a bounty hunter, “the most racist movie” he had ever seen.
Django Unchained is the most racist movie I have ever seen, it sucked!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2013
The president also once voiced his displeasure with the name of the ABC sitcom “Black-ish.”
How is ABC Television allowed to have a show entitled "Blackish"? Can you imagine the furor of a show, "Whiteish"! Racism at highest level?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2014
“Can you imagine the furor of a show, ‘Whiteish!'” he wrote. “Racism at [the] highest level?”