Hollywood filmmaker Michael Moore went to Trump Tower Saturday in an effort to urge President-elect Donald Trump to step aside.
Moore predicted Trump would win the 2016 election, fully cognizant of the “forgotten” Americans who supported him and that they’d be a driving force in getting the billionaire real estate mogul elected into the nation’s highest office. Moore, like many anti-Trump protesters, doesn’t feel Trump won the election legitimately.
Michael Moore went inside Trump Tower in Manhattan where he tried meeting with the president-elect, but was blocked by Secret Service agents. He left a note with the doorman, Politico reports, citing a pool report.
“Mr. Trump. I’m here. I want to talk to you,” Michael Moore wrote.
According to the report, Moore strolled into Trump Tower’s lobby at 1:10 p.m. He said he wanted to “see if I could get into Trump Tower and ride the famous escalator.” He didn’t want police to kick him out, but he didn’t get as far as he wanted to in his mission. The whole event was documented live on Facebook as the liberal activist and his film crew entered Trump Tower, where Donald Trump lives and works.
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A protest was held outside of Trump Tower, which has been going on since Donald Trump was revealed as the country’s next president.
“We’ll see – maybe if he’ll let me in his office,” Moore said. “I came last Saturday and talked to Kellyanne Conway. It went well. They didn’t kick me out.”
Michael Moore made it to the fourth floor of Trump Tower when the Secret Service told him he wasn’t allowed to venture any further. The filmmaker tried using the elevator, but was denied access. Not one to give up, Moore went back down the escalators to use the elevator in the lobby, but the doorman guarding the door prevented him from getting on. At that point, he left a note with the doorman before leaving the building and joining other protesters outside Trump Tower.
The Washington Post had more information on what the note that Michael Moore left at Trump Tower read. He essentially wrote that Trump lost the election by popular vote and that he should “step down” as president-elect.
“You lost. Step aside,” Moore said he wrote.
Once outside of Trump Tower, Moore ended the Facebook live streaming by voicing his opposition against the Electoral College and Trump winning one of the most contentious elections ever seen.
“I’m opposed to this man who did not win the popular vote taking office, and we need to figure out what we can do, legally, nonviolently, to make sure this doesn’t happen,” Moore added in his broadcast.
On Saturday, other guests were at Trump Tower as presidential transitions get underway. Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus and former British UKIP party leader Nigel Farage were at the tower, but there wasn’t a run-in with Moore.
A few weeks ago, the liberal activist filmmaker released his film, Michael Moore in Trumpland, an anti-Trump, very pro-Hillary Clinton film that chastised the GOP presidential candidate.
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Moore feels that Trump is an “illegitimate president.” In an interview on CNN a week prior to the election, Moore said working-class white men feel underrepresented in this country, but they haven’t been successful in finding the means to implement their own movement in the ways minorities have. Donald Trump was the voice they were looking for, he said.
Trump Tower was once open to the public, but now that he’s president-elect, the building is the ultimate fortress with Secret Service agents, New York police, and Trump’s own security personnel guarding the premises. Barricades and checkpoints surround the area on Fifth Avenue, which has proven to be a monumental task for security officers.
It’s unknown if Donald Trump will respond to the letter that Michael Moore left for him at Trump Tower.
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