The radically liberal documentary filmmaker Michael Moore is calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to stop President Donald Trump and Republicans from filling the Supreme Court seat that has been left open after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Moore spent much of his podcast on Sunday urging Democrats to do whatever it takes to stop Trump from filling Ginsburg’s seat. He ended the show by addressing Pelosi directly, urging her to pass the government’s budget to prevent the U.S. Senate from “having the funds” to continue operating.
“You have to do something that the Republicans have been doing for decades,” Moore said, addressing Pelosi. “For the first time… you have to block the continuing resolution that funds the government and just let it shut down.”
“Shut the whole damn thing down,” he added. “Shut the government down, so they do not have the funds to try to ram through this person they want to get on the Supreme Court before Trump’s gone.”
It should be noted that Moore doesn’t even know who “this person” is yet, as Trump has not nominated anyone to fill Ginsburg’s seat at this time. The specific identity of “this person” doesn’t seem to matter to Moore, however, as he is already against anyone chosen by Trump and the GOP.
“Just take the money out of the system that runs the halls of Congress,” Moore continued. “Or, make it contingent on Mitch McConnell signing a pledge, in writing, that he will put no Supreme Court nominee in front of the Senate before inauguration day.”
Despite what Moore said, the House of Representatives has no role whatsoever in picking or approving a Supreme Court nominee, so McConnell has no obligation to listen to anything that Pelosi has to say on this subject.
“I know, some people won’t like this,” Moore concluded, “but we’re all going to have to sacrifice here, a little bit, for a week or two — or whatever it is — to make sure that the Republicans… cannot do the job that they’re going to try to do, to not pull off another one of their crimes.”
Moore opened up more about this in an interview with MSNBC that same day.
“We are going to stop any effort on the part Trump, McConnell, the Republicans, to try and ram through some right-wing judge in —literally, it’s going to be in the days before the majority of Americans show up to throw Trump out of the White House,” the filmmaker said. “This is not going to happen. And it’s not going to not happen on its own, though. What I’m encouraging people to do this weekend is, umm, we need to be out in the streets. We need to be in front of the local offices in your states, where the U.S. senators have their local offices. We need protests out there every single day.”