Filmmaker Spike Lee said on Wednesday that he believes President Trump, when not reading off a teleprompter, "reveals his true self."
During an interview on CNN with Anderson Cooper, the filmmaker was asked about Trump's varying remarks on the violence in Charlottesville, Va., two weekends ago.
Trump has faced bipartisan criticism for his remarks regarding the violence in Charlottesville, as he initially failed to rebuke white supremacist groups, Ku Klux Klan, and neo-Nazis. In his second set of remarks he did condemn these groups by name, going further than his first statement that Saturday, but in his third reaction, during an impromptu press conference at Trump Tower, he doubled back to say there is "blame on both sides" and "fine people" among the people protesting with the white supremacists.
"In my opinion, I think that when he's not reading a teleprompter, he reveals his true self," Lee said.
Lee also noted that Trump "never apologized" for putting out ads calling for the death penalty as the "Central Park Five," a group of black and Hispanic teenagers, were wrongly accused of beating and raping a white woman in Manhattan's Central Park in 1989. After serving jail time for a crime they did not commit, their convictions were overturned in 2014.
Two members of the Central Park Five slammed Trump for claiming he wanted the facts before denouncing the white supremacist groups that rallied in Charlottesville, Va.