Lee also called a sitting U.S. Senator a "card-carrying member of the Klan" Former Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., celebrated the 100th birthday of Sen. Strom Thurman, R-S.C. In 1948 Thurman, then a Democrat, ran as an independent candidate for president as a segregationist. Fast forward to Thurman's birthday celebration in 2002, where Lott said, "When Strom Thurmond ran for president, (Mississippi) voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either."
Lott apologized, insisting he did not mean he wants America segregated. But the damage was done. Lott's a "racist"! On ABC's "Good Morning America," Lee said, "(Trent Lott) is a card-carrying member of the Klan. I know he has that hood in the closet."
This brings us to Lee and the Trayvon Martin case.
In Chicago, Obama's hometown, murders in 2012 topped 500. 2013 saw a "low" murder total of 421 -- the equivalent of a Sandy Hook every three weeks. Most of the killers and the killed are black. Worse, only about one-fourth of these cases are "cleared," where a suspect has been identified and arrested. Nationwide, the No. 1 preventable cause of death among young black males is not accidents -- as it is with whites -- it is homicide, almost always committed by another black person.
But when a black is killed by a non-black, even where the shooter could reasonably claim self-defense, out comes Lee's agenda. To Lee, the killing of Martin, a 17-year-old black teen, by non-black George Zimmerman was a referendum on how America's criminal justice treats black victims. Incensed that authorities had not yet arrested and charged Zimmerman, Lee tweeted what he thought was the home address of Zimmerman's parents. Wrong address. Lee did apologize for this one, later paying a financial settlement to the owners of the "wrong" home.
Lee also once publicly stated his opposition to "interracial couples." About a year after he released "Jungle Fever," a film about a black-white couple, Lee said: "I give interracial couples a look. Daggers. They get uncomfortable when they see me on the street." This might have been news to Obama's parents.
Lee, a gun control proponent, seems okay with the use of a firearm -- depending upon the target. He once verbally threatened NRA head Charlton Heston. Lee said somebody should "shoot him with a .44-caliber Bulldog."
No president ever held a fundraiser in Ted Nugent's mansion. Lee, on the other hand, has a close relationship with Obama. Will Lee apologize for calling Lott a "card-carrying member of the Klan," for urging the assassination of the president of the NRA or for affirming accusations against George W. Bush of mass murder?
Nugent apologized. Now it's Spike's turn.