For a man who presents himself as fearless and confident, Donald Trump is actually a “big wuss,” says Michael Moore.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker and activist told the Daily Beast he is doing what he can to help Americans see the truth behind bad leadership in this country, by creating visuals that encourage more humane behavior. Trump Tower in New York was a perfect setting for Moore to send a message of brotherly love in the wake of anti-Muslim sentiment stirred up by the controversial Republican presidential hopeful, who has been calling for religious discrimination in U.S. immigration policy.
“We Are All Muslim,” read the sign Michael Moore held up Wednesday as he stood before the 68-story residential skyrise that is home to such luminaries as murderous Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier and Saudi royal family’s Prince Mutaib bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Moore’s message to Trump is expounded on his website, where he published an open letter detailing his experience with the “fraidey-cat” on national television in the 90s. After outing Trump for wussy behavior and asking for special treatment on a talk show, Moore continues to enumerate the reasons Trump will never be elected, including his alienation of 81 percent of the American electorate.
“So, in desperation and insanity, you call for a ban on all Muslims entering this country. I was raised to believe that we are all each other’s brother and sister, regardless of race, creed or color. That means if you want to ban Muslims, you are first going to have to ban me. And everyone else.”
His campaign is resonating with fans, and inspiring detractors as well, as the hashtag #WeAreAllMuslim lights up Twitter.
Michael Moore says #WeAreAllMuslim. Oddly, radical Muslims agree and are willing to kill those who disagree to prove it.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 17, 2015
With pro-Muslim rallies popping up in cities across America, Moore’s message of peace and togetherness may take off in the coming weeks. Small communities are hosting multi-faith gatherings to show their Muslim friends and neighbors, as Moore seeks to, that Trump does not speak for all Americans.
“It breaks my heart to see a religion distorted,” said one San Antonio pro-Muslim protester to KSATNews. “Whether that’s the Muslim faith, or the Jewish or the Christian, we need to get to the core of the beauty in every religion.”
On the other hand, Trump is still leading in Republican presidential polls, and his supporters are caught up in his fear-based logic and messaging, reports the Associated Press. Donald Trump’s message strikes at the fear of the unknown, casting a spectre of potentially life-threatening and disastrous consequences like those recently experienced in San Bernadino and capitalizing on people’s natural insecurities.
“Think about it,” said one Trump supporter. “You don’t know if they like us. You don’t know if they hate us.”
Moore’s latest documentary, Where to Invade Next, is already generating Oscar buzz and is scheduled for its first screenings in New York and L.A. next week. Appropriately, the new film is a travelogue, featuring Moore visiting nations around the world to better understand the quality of life in countries outside the U.S., reports Business Insider.
“Why does Slovenia have things we don’t? We are the richest country. We have incredible resources at our disposal. So why don’t we have the things that these other countries have?” Michael Moore told the Daily Beast. “I wanted to find out why. The things we think we should have—free universal healthcare, free university, a different attitude towards drugs—how’s it working in those places where they’re trying something different? It seems to be working pretty well. Pretty, pretty well.”
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