While vowing to support background checks for gun sales and touting “tremendous” support in Congress for them Friday, President Donald Trump ranted about Hollywood being “really terrible.”
“We’re going to be very tough with them. They’re treating conservatives very unfairly,” Trump said after an inaudible question related to Twitter. “Hollywood, I don’t call them the elites. I think the elites are people that go after them in many cases but Hollywood is really terrible. “
Trump then went on a seemingly unprompted tangent about Hollywood being “racist.”
“Hollywood is racist,” Trump said. “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 offered no examples.
The President also slammed his upcoming meeting with “the heads of the biggest companies” in light of reports that the White House is drafting an executive order to address the Silicon Valley’s alleged anti-conservative bias.
“They treat conservatives, Republicans, totally different than they treat others, and they can’t do that,” Trump said.
Trump’s comments come a day after reports broke that Universal pulled its ad funding on the satire film “The Hunt” — which features privileged vacationers hunting “deplorables” for sport — in light of the mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas.
Hours after Trump spoke to reporters Friday, he took to Twitter to double down on his Hollywood-bashing comments.
….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
Watch Trump’s remarks on Hollywood below:
Trump: "Hollywood is racist." pic.twitter.com/nmhzGouoy2
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) August 9, 2019