Director Spike Lee has never been one to pull punches — be it in his controversial films, stirring documentaries or candid interviews.
In a new interview with The Daily Beast to discuss his new drama "Chi-Rac" which tackles the topic of gun violence in Chicago, Lee had particularly harsh words for Presidential hopeful and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.
"[He] wants to close down mosques now," the director told interviewer Marlow Stern. "That's like the Nazis. That's like Hitler, Mussolini, the Axis Powers. You can't do that!"
"That was a bold-faced lie,"Lee said, before adding: "Here's the thing: the United States has perfected the science of 'the boogeyman.' Native-Americans, African-Americans, Hispanics, Nazis, Soviets, Chinese, and now it's the Muslims. They're the new boogeymen."
Lee went on to stress that homegrown terrorists a la Timothy McVeigh are predominantly white males. "If you blow up a federal building, is that a terrorist act? Would Donald Trump label Timothy McVeigh a terrorist? I don't think so."
To read the full interview, which also touches on Lee's new film (opening Friday) and his enduring admiration for basketball legend Michael Jordan, click here.