President Trump lashed out at Hollywood during a press conference outside the White House on Friday, accusing the industry of racism. The comments came as reporters questioned him on his handling of the recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.
“Hollywood is really terrible,” he said. “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,” he added.
Trump appeared to be referring to a controversial film called The Hunt, which features liberal-elites hunting down conservatives, referred to as “deplorables,” for sport. “What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country,” said Trump.
He also accused Hollywood of political bias. “They treat conservatives, republicans totally different than they treat others, and they can’t do that,” he said.
Following his comments, Trump took to Twitter where he continued to express his dissatisfaction with Hollywood:
Liberal Hollywood is Racist at the highest level, and with great Anger and Hate! They like to call themselves “Elite,” but they are not Elite. In fact, it is often the people that they so strongly oppose that are actually the Elite. The movie coming out is made in order....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2019
....to inflame and cause chaos. They create their own violence, and then try to blame others. They are the true Racists, and are very bad for our Country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2019
Many viewers on Twitter disagreed with the President’s comments:
The most dangerous thing Hollywood ever helped create is Donald Trump. https://t.co/JhKtzI5c8X— Pat Cunnane (@PatCunnane) August 9, 2019
Trump is now accusing “Liberal Hollywood” of being racist, elitist, causing hate and violence, and “very bad for our country”, so that we’ll stop noticing that HE is all those things— SockApocalypse 🍑 (@NZdrama_llama) August 9, 2019
Some felt the President was right, and that Hollywood films are destructive. Others expressed outrage over The Hunt:
And of course Hollywood is the greatest gun promoter in the world. Just look at hundreds of thousands of movies they make using all types of guns— American Father (@tweeted_trump) August 9, 2019
When there is a mass murder based on what sickos see in this movie, will Hollywood be held accountable? Probably not! I guess you will see those deaths as justifiable. YOU and your Hollywood friends don’t care if Trump supporters are killed, you will just think it’s their fault!— kerri clemons (@clemons_kerri) August 9, 2019
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