In the past, film director and actor Spike Lee has encountered and created no shortage of controversy. And his most recent comments about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, it seems, could add to his drama roster. In an interview with Vulture, Lee said that he believes the presidential election will be “very, very, very close” but that Romney’s The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints membership could impact him at the polls.
Here are a few of the questions and answers during which he made these comments, as published by Vulture (emphasis added):
How do you think President Obama is doing?
I support him; my wife and I gave a benefit for him at our house. But I think this election is going to be close. Bottom line, there are many people in America who look at themselves and say, “Am I better now than I was before?” It is going to be tooth and nail, and I think it is going to get nasty. But, in my opinion, if they are trying to bring up Reverend Jeremiah Wright again, they are really reaching. I hope and pray that people are not going to go for the Willie Horton okeydoke.
Do you think people will?
I got faith that they won’t. Honestly, though, the big question is, I think there will be a block of people saying, “I cannot vote for a Mormon.”
Are those people voting for Obama instead? That seems unlikely.
They got a tough decision: Obama or a Mormon. Their beliefs got them between a rock and a hard place.
While there have been some critics in evangelical circles, in particular, who have stated a reluctance to vote for a Mormon presidential candidate, the issue seems to be dissipating. In January, The Blaze examined the issue of Mormonism and its potential role in the 2012 campaign and concluded that the vast majority of evangelicals and religious conservatives would not allow theological differences to prevent a vote for Romney.
In addition to sharing these views on faith and the presidential battle, Lee also spoke about meeting Romney a few years ago at Reagan National Airport. According to his account, the two exchanged pleasantries.
The director also went on to claim that, if Obama loses in November, it will be a very long time before another African American is elected president. “I will be dead before it happens,” he proclaimed.
(H/T: Huffington Post)