In a protest against Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, film-maker Michael Moore stood outside the real estate mogul’s eponymous Trump Tower to register his disgust with a sign that read “We are all Muslim.” The Oscar-winning movie director and provocateur, who like Trump resides in Manhattan in a multi-million dollar apartment, was touting his next film “Where to Invade Next.” Said by some to be a documentary, the film features Moore’s travels to foreign lands such as Finland, Italy, and Norway to compare them to the United States.
 
Moore said in an interview with The Daily Beast that he wanted to find out why these countries have free universities, free universal healthcare, and a liberal attitude towards narcotics. He said of them, “It seems to be working pretty well. Pretty, pretty well.”
 
 
In speaking about crime and firearms in the U.S., Moore claimed that mass shootings occur once or twice a month rather than at the rate of once or twice a year when he released his film “Bowling for Columbine” thirteen years ago. As to firearms, Moore said he does not understand why Americans are allow to purchase “assault rifles like the AR-15 that was used in San Bernardino, Oregon, and Aurora shootings, or the Bushmaster that was used in Sandy Hook. These weapons are not for hunting or self-defense.” Keeping a firearm for self-protection, said Moore, is “nutty.” Moore said that regular practice and training are necessary to use a gun properly. “If you’re worried about an invader in your ho
me in the middle of the night, to wake up out of a dead sleep, in the dark, grab a gun and think you’re going to hit something? It’s the nuttiest idea. It’s just plain nutty.”
 
Moore also described a letter he recently wrote to Trump recounting an encounter the two had in the 1990s. Moore said that the producer of the Roseanne Show told him, “’Mr. Trump is very worried about going out there on the show with you, because he thinks you might rip him apart.’ I said,  ‘I’m from Michigan. All I know about him is his name is on a lot of things.’ I said, ‘Do you want me to go talk to him just to calm him down a little bit?’ She said, “Yeah, I’d really appreciate that.’ So I go up to him and say, ‘Hey, I’m Michael Moore. She said you were a bit worried about me. You don’t have anything to worry about, we’re just going out to have some fun with Roseanne.’ He goes, “Oh, well I just don’t want…” blah blah. I’m thinking, “Man, what a big wuss!’” Stern added, “For someone as allegedly self-confident as he, Trump does seem to be remarkably thin-skinned. Every time someone criticizes him he lashes out.”
 
An exchange between interviewer Marlow Stern and Moore about Trump went like this:
 
For someone as allegedly self-confident as he, Trump does seem to be remarkably thin-skinned. Every time someone criticizes him he lashes out.
 
All men have estrogen in them. We all have a bit of estrogen in us. Sometimes, I’ve noticed in our gender the guys who have to do a lot of huffing and puffing, they may be better embracing the female side of themselves. They may be a little happier. He might be one of those people.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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