The director was responding to a tweet from Trump criticizing 2020 presidential candidates who had any association with the 1994 Crime Bill, which former President Bill Clinton has since apologized for signing into law. Trump wrote that those candidates “will not have a chance of being elected.”
“The story people know is the lie that you told them,” DuVernay replied to Trump. “Your violent rhetoric fed tensions that led to the bill you pretend to distant yourself from.”
The director also tweeted a clip from her new Netflix miniseries, “When They See Us,” which follows the story of five black and Latino teenagers, widely known as the Central Park Five, who were wrongly convicted of brutally raping a 28-year-old white jogger in 1989 in New York City.
The story people know is the lie that you told them. Your violent rhetoric fed tensions that led to the bill you pretend to distant yourself from. But you can’t hide from what you did to The Central Park Five. They were innocent. And they will have the last word. #WhenTheySeeUs https://t.co/M0hkcnpt0Y pic.twitter.com/gbOIvSW1ou— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 28, 2019