The president of the United States Donald Trump has launched a scathing attack on Hollywood, insisting that most of its output is “really racist.”
Trump, whose entire political career has been punctuated by his racist rhetoric, made these comments on Friday morning to a group of reporters at the White House.
After being asked whether his own comments had contributed to the spate of gun violence across the United States Of America, which recently saw two mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, in the space of just 24 hours, Trump turned on the film industry instead.
“Hollywood is really racist. Hollywood is really terrible,” declared Trump. “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.”
Trump failed to provide any specific examples of the racism that he insists now dominates Hollywood.
But he might have been alluding to The Hunt, an upcoming film from Blumhouse that revolves around several rich elites capturing, releasing and then hunting down a dozen strangers, who are referred to as “deplorables” in the trailer.
Blumhouse recently suspended adverts for The Hunt in the wake of the Dayton and El Paso mass shootings after Fox News and other conservative outlets had criticised and attacked it.
Over the past few days Trump has repeatedly denied claims that his own language and remarks inspired the shootings. This is despite the fact that the El Paso shooter insisted he committed his atrocities because of the Hispanic “invasion” of Texas, a description that Trump used repeatedly throughout his campaign and since he was elected to become president.