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Michael Moore’s latest essay, titled ‘Donald Trump is Gonna Kill Us All,’ begins with two disturbing sentences:
“A week has gone by since Donald Trump admitted he’s only been to “two or three” of his daily presidential national security briefings. There have been 36 of them since the day he secured enough electoral college votes to be appointed president next Monday when the Electoral College meets.”
Trump’s disregard for national security, in Moore’s words, “boggles the mind.” He writes:
“When the next terrorist attack happens — and it will happen, we all know that — and after the tragedy is over, amidst the death and destruction that might have been prevented, you will see Donald Trump acting quickly to blame everyone but himself. He will suspend constitutional rights. He will round up anyone he deems a threat. He will declare war, and his Republican Congress will back him.
And no one will remember that he wasn’t paying attention to the growing threat.”
His essay proceeds to draw parallels between Trump’s behavior and that of George W. Bush’s before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which Bush had been warned of five weeks before planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers in Manhattan. Moore wrote another essay back in July titled ‘5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win.’ That frightening prediction, of course, has already come true.
Moore concludes his essay with these words:
“To you, Mr. Trump, I say this: When this next terrorist attack takes place, it is YOU who will be charged by the American people with a gross dereliction of duty. It was YOUR job to pay attention, to protect the country. But you were too busy tweeting and defending Putin and appointing cabinet members to dismantle the government. You didn’t have time for the daily national security briefing. Don’t think we’re going to let you use a modern-day burning of the Reichstag as your excuse to eliminate our civil liberties and our democracy.”
You can read the entire thing here.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker and author is responsible for such documentaries at Fahrenheit 9/11 (a critical look at Bush’s presidency and the War on Terror and the highest-grossing documentary of all time) and Bowling for Columbine (about the Columbine massacres, and winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature).