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Trump says Hollywood ‘racist’ for movie on hunting of ‘deplorables’

August 9, 2019 GMT

President Trump said Friday that Hollywood is “racist,” amid NBC Universal’s plans to release a movie about liberal elites murdering Trump supporters for sport.

“Hollywood is racist, what they’re doing, with the kind of movies they’re putting out,” the president told reporters at the White House. “It’s actually very dangerous for our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country.”

NBC Universal still plans to release the controversial movie “The Hunt” as scheduled next month, despite an outcry over its depiction of elites hunting “deplorables” for sport.

“Hollywood, I don’t call them the elites I think the elites are the people they go after, in many cases,” the president said. “But Hollywood is really terrible. You talk about racist.”

The president also said he is going to get “tough” on the social media platform Twitter, as several Republican campaigns boycotted the social media platform this week for showing bias against conservatives.

“They’re treating conservatives very unfairly,” Mr. Trump said. “We’re going to be very tough with them. We have now, in a little while, all the heads of the biggest companies coming in, and we’re going to talk to them. They treat conservatives, Republicans, totally different than they treat others, and they can’t do that.”

The White House was holding a meeting Friday with representatives from big-tech companies to focus on violence online. The meeting to be led by senior administration officials is part of the president’s effort to address gun violence.

Twitter suspended the campaign account of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell this week temporarily after it showed video of protesters at his home threatening violence.