Talk about straining to get himself in the public eye. Talk about going over the line.
Michael Moore is suggesting that people disrupt Donald J. Trump’s upcoming inauguration. Tweeting out today, “Disrupt the Inauguration. The Majority have spoken – by nearly 2.7 million votes &counting! Silence is not an option” — Moore also linked to the website of a group called DisruptJ20.
After his silence during the Obama years, it’s clear Moore sees no real threat in a President Trump. He only sees a career opportunity.
The group calls for “a bold mobilization against the inauguration of Donald Trump on Jan. 20, 2017.”
The most alarming part of the mission reads: “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.” This sounds like a lot more than “peaceful protests.”
It’s odd that a “security state” is mentioned — it’s been put on steroids under President Obama, but the group has no plans to protest the sitting president. The website says they plan “widespread civil resistance” through “protests, direct actions, and even parties.”
The tweet from Moore came hours after a CNN town hall the documentary filmmaker participated in with Van Jones. During the airing, Moore called Trump a “malignant narcissist” — a phrase the director should know a lot about.
Something about Moore should be crystal clear to people on both the Left and the Right at this point: He has zero credibility. While his filmmaking tactics on “Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 9/11” were questionable, at least he was a documentarian then who took a stand. He was unwilling to back down from a fight, no matter how wrong he might be.
However, that was when George W. Bush was president. Then came Democrat Barack Obama. It’s understandable that someone like Moore would cool his jets with someone like Obama taking office: The then-senator promised to end the wars, bring in gun restrictions, close Guantanamo, and usher in universal health care.
Instead, the next eight years brought us a president who was terrible even by the standards he set for himself when he ran for office. The wars continued, universal health care turned out to be a government-run scam, and the security state was beefed up to the point that a younger Moore would have made a trilogy of films regarding the NSA, Edward Snowden, and controversial droning laws.
And what did Moore do during these past eight years? He was silent. He sat back and took a break from filmmaking, only occasionally making public comments regarding Obama’s unfulfilled promises and dangerous actions. Moore appeared too frightened to go after one of his own.
It wasn’t until businessman Donald J. Trump ran for president that Moore crawled out from under a rock and released a new movie, “Michael Moore in TrumpLand.” He threw himself on every talk show he could and railed against the Republican and what Moore claimed was hatred and bigotry.
Moore is still trying to be the old Moore — using Trump as a primary target. Over the next four years, he’ll likely be as active again in the public eye and in filmmaking. The problem is this: After his silence during the Obama years, it’s clear Moore sees no real threat in a President Trump. He only sees a career opportunity.