- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 26, 2016

Steven Spielberg told the Harvard graduating class of 2016 on Thursday that the U.S. is “a nation of immigrants — at least for now,” in an apparent jab at presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

During his commencement speech, the legendary film director urged students to vote in the upcoming election, as well as speak out against anyone who discriminates against others based on religion, race, gender or sexuality, The Hollywood Reporter reported Thursday.

“A hero needs a villain to vanquish, and you’re all in luck,” Mr. Spielberg said. “This world is full of monsters. There’s racism, homophobia, ethnic hatred, political hatred and religious hatred.”

The Jewish director added it was his own experiences with anti-Semitism as a child that inspired him to make movies like “Schindler’s List” and create the Shoah Foundation, a nonprofit that seeks to record testimonies from survivors of the Holocaust and other genocide, CNN reported.

“We are a nation of immigrants — at least for now,” said Mr. Spielberg to laughter from the crowd. He warned against nationalist tendencies, adding “I don’t have to tell a crowd of Red Sox fans that we are wired for tribalism,” THR reported.

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