Beto O'Rourke Praises Spike Lee After Trump Called Oscars Speech 'Racist Hit': 'Courage Over Fear, Love Over Hate'

Beto O'Rourke has praised Spike Lee and the rest of the team behind the Oscar-winning film BlacKkKlansman after Donald Trump accused the director of giving a "racist" acceptance speech.

The former Texas congressman and Senate candidate described how he was "proud" of those responsible for the movie after it won the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay on Sunday night.

The El Paso Democrat also heaped praise on Ron Stallworth, the former police officer whose memoirs about infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan in the late 1970s were adapted for the movie, and his wife Patsy.

"Really proud of Ron Stallworth, Spike Lee and the entire team behind BlacKkKlansman—courage over fear, love over hate. Felicidades Ron and Patsy, Spike Lee and team," O'Rourke tweeted.

In his tweet, O'Rourke referred to the speech Lee made while picking up his first non-honorary Oscar, which was criticized by the president.

"The 2020 presidential election is around the corner," Lee said. "Let's all mobilize. Let's all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let's do the right thing."

Despite not mentioning the president by name, Trump took to Twitter to attack the director over his remarks.

"Be nice if Spike Lee could read his notes, or better yet not have to use notes at all, when doing his racist hit on your President, who has done more for African Americans (Criminal Justice Reform, Lowest Unemployment numbers in History, Tax Cuts,etc.) than almost any other Pres," Trump wrote.

O'Rourke, who is yet to confirm whether or not he will run for Democrat candidate in 2020, has previously defended the NFL players who took a knee during the national anthems in protest at police brutality against minorities—an act which that repeatedly drawn scorn from Trump.

While embarking on his campaign to unseat incumbent Ted Cruz during last year's Texas Senate election, the Democrat was asked at a Houston town hall whether he felt it was "disrespectful" for the players to kneel during the national anthem.

"Nonviolently, peacefully, while the eyes of this country are watching these games, they take a knee to bring our attention and our focus to this problem and ensure that we fix it," O'Rourke told the crowd.

"That is why they're doing it, and I can think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up or take a knee for your rights anytime, anywhere, anyplace."

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Beto O'Rourke speaks to a crowd of marchers during the anti-Trump 'March for Truth' in El Paso, Texas, on February 11, 2019. PAUL RATJE/AFP/Getty Images