Well before anyone in the mainstream media thought Donald Trump had a chance at a November 8 victory, controversial filmmaker Michael Moore called it. Not only did Michael Moore predict that Trump would win, Moore said he would seal his presidential victory by pulling off an upset in the Rust Belt. Now, nearly a month after Election Day, Michael Moore is making another call.
This one is aimed at those unhappy with the outcome of the election.
As Fox News reports, Michael Moore is now calling on disgruntled and disgusted Americans to disrupt Trump’s upcoming January 20 inauguration. While there are still some obstacles in his way (recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and possibly Pennsylvania and a handful of potentially faithless electors), in all likelihood, Donald Trump is going to transition from President-elect to Potus in a few weeks.
According to Michael Moore, the inauguration festivities are the perfect opportunity for anti-Trump Americans to make (or continue to make) their voices heard.
Michael Moore made his impassioned plea to millions of Americans on Twitter, and he cited Donald Trump’s crushing popular vote defeat in doing so.
Disrupt the Inauguration. The Majority have spoken - by nearly 2.7 million votes &counting! Silence is not an option https://t.co/HSmP3pREvy— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 7, 2016
In his tweet, which calls on Americans who feel disenfranchised by Trump’s inexplicable victory, Michael Moore includes a link to a website for the DisruptJ10 campaign.
According to the website, the campaign touted by Moore was created to bring people together for “widespread civil resistance” to the upcoming POTUS.
“We’re bringing widespread civil resistance to the streets of Washington, DC through protests, direct actions, and even parties and we want you there with us.”
@Rasmussen2018 insulting & monolithicizing 1 side like this is why DT won. Keep it up & ur guaranteeing him a 2nd term— SW Mega Fan (@SWMegafan) December 7, 2016
@IMPL0RABLE yeaaaaaa, I hope Trump has to go inside to take the oath of office— pattyblu (@Vince0350) December 7, 2016
The mission of the DisruptJ20 campaign promoted by Michael Moore is to, in a nutshell, fully “disrupt” the traditional inauguration ceremonies planned for Donald Trump on January 20. Organizers say that they want the will of the majority of Americans to be known to the entire world (as Moore pointed out in his tweet, Trump is trailing by over 2.7 million ballots in the popular vote count), and they want to see a disruption so profound that the next POTUS has to be sworn in “behind closed doors.” If it happens at all.
“We call on all people of good conscience to join in disrupting the ceremonies. If Trump is to be inaugurated at all, let it happen behind closed doors, showing the true face of the security state Trump will preside over. It must be made clear to the whole world that the vast majority of people in the United States do not support his presidency or consent to his rule.”
While Michael Moore’s call to disrupt the January 20 events may appear to be targeted solely at those in the Washington D.C. area, the organizers of the event have bigger plans in mind. The DisruptJ20 campaign promoted by Moore calls on “people of good conscience” across the country and the world to take to the streets in protest.
On the surface, it appears that Michael Moore is calling for a repeat of what happened in the United States after the results of the presidential election became clear. But on a much larger scale. As The Washington Post reports, following Trump’s November 8 victory, Americans took to the streets at a level not seen in modern history to protest the new President-elect.
While those protests remained largely peaceful, they involved tens of thousands of people in major cities across America, and in some instances, violence and property damage were reported.
“We reject the president-elect!”
Huge Trump protest planned for Inauguration Day. Is there protest organized in your town yet?If not,get organizing! https://t.co/0ZnKjlQsb7— The DJT Resistance (@TheDJTR) December 6, 2016
The post-election protests, which Michael Moore and DisruptJ20 appear to want emulated, lasted roughly a week before finally tapering off as anti-Trump protesters took their objections to “faithless electors” and later to the recount process.
Following the post-election protests, Trump took to Twitter to denounce the “unfairness” of thousands of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights. Without citing evidence to back up his allegations, the PEOTUS called the protesters “professionals.”
Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2016
At this point, Trump has yet to comment on Michael Moore and his call to disgruntled anti-Trump protesters to disrupt the Inauguration Day festivities.
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