Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore called President Donald Trump a “mass killer” because of his willfully negligent handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has taken the lives of nearly 200,000 Americans.
“Instead of protecting the American people when his national security adviser told him in January, way back in January, that ‘COVID-19, sir, is the greatest national security threat in your presidency, it will be the greatest threat you’re going to face,’ Trump did nothing,” Moore said on last Friday’s episode of his podcast, Rumble.
Friday marked the 19th anniversary of the September, 2001 terrorist attacks that killed 2,977 people in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
Moore compared Trump’s decision to ignore the impending danger posed by the virus to President George W. Bush’s failure to stop the 9-11 attacks, despite numerous warnings he had been receiving from intelligence officials.
Like Bush disregarding warnings about 9-11, the president “stood down and knowingly allowed 200,000 Americans do die. That is 67 9-11s,” Moore said. “Take the dead of this day, take the dead of 9-11 and multiply it by 67 times and that is how many people have died of the coronavirus. Trump knew,” and “so much could have been avoided… but our leader, who had been told the truth about the virus, decided not to share that with us, and in fact told us the opposite.”
Last Wednesday, recordings were released of Trump admitting to author Bob Woodward that he knew the coronavirus pandemic would be catastrophic but that he “wanted to always play it down” in order to prevent a panic. This was nothing short of “homicidal negligence,” Carl Bernstein, who who alongside Woodword won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for breaking the Watergate story in 1972, told CNN on Thursday.
Moore agreed, adding that only the leaders of the Confederacy who ignited the Civil War have more American blood on their hands than Triump.
“My friends, this is murder in the extreme,” Moore charged. “No American other than Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his general Robert E. Lee has killed more Americans than Donald J. Trump. Think about that; Civil War, 600,000 plus dead. Thank you, Jefferson David and Robert E. Lee.”
But unlike the Civil War and 9-11, there is no end in sight to the current crisis, which is getting worse.
“We’re heading toward over 200,000, probably this weekend, and we’ve been told by the White House Task Force itself, this could get to 400,000 by Christmas. Dead. What if he had chosen to do what any other decent, sane, moral person would have done when informed about this national security threat?” Moore asked his listeners.
Trump “didn’t actually kill them with his own hands,” Moore said, “and I can tell you for a fact that Osama Bin Laden did not fly a single one of those goddamn airplanes. So he’s innocent? No. Trump is a mass killer.”
But with the election just 50 days away, Moore remains optimistic that “this bastard gets to hear the verdict of you, the American people,” and that “the American people, whose collective heart, now crushed, will soon rise. I believe that in my heart of hearts.”
Defeating Trump “won’t happen on its own,” Moore concluded. “All of us have to get busy and be busy every single day to do whatever we can do remove, as Mary Trump said on the cover of her book, ‘the most dangerous man in America.'”
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