Michael Moore has made his career as a filmmaker with movies calling for gun control, universal health care and an end to the United States Patriot Act... and he's voting for Donald Trump?
If Moore throwing his support behind the controversial Republican nominee sounds too good to be true, it is probably because, well, it is. In Moore's surprise film "Trumpland," which he premiered Oct. 18 in New York City, the outspoken liberal filmmaker attempts to empathize with and understand Trump voters in the Midwest. However, alt-right internet influences including Breitbart's Milo Yiannopoulos have shared a clip from the film out of context, making it appear that Moore is endorsing Trump.
"[Middle-class voters] see that the elite who ruined their lives hate Trump. Corporate America hates Trump. Wall Street hates Trump. The career politicians hate Trump. The media hates Trump, after they loved him and created him, and now hate. Thank you, media. The enemy of my enemy is who I'm voting for on November 8," Moore says in the clip. "Yes, on November 8, you, Joe Blow, Steve Blow, Bob Blow, Billy Blow, Billy Bob Blow, all the Blows, get to go and blow up the whole god d--- system because it's your right. Trump's election is going to be the biggest 'f--- you' ever recorded in human history, and it will feel good."
Moore's monologue is an attempt to explain that not all middle-class voters in Trump's camp are "racists" or "rednecks." He says many of them are simply disillusioned with how they feel establishment politicians have betrayed their economic interests. They're eager for the chance to punch back.
But many diehard Trump supporters and alt-right figures have seized the opportunity to make it look as if a prominent liberal has thrown his support behind Trump.
Breitbart's Milo Yiannopoulos, who is currently banned from Twitter as a result of, among other offenses, his inciting the online harassment of "Saturday Night Live" cast member Leslie Jones, shared an excerpt from Moore's speech on Facebook writing. He wrote, "Michael Moore Makes Case For Voting Trump." More than 41,000 people have "liked" his post.
However, the excerpt Yiannopoulos and others shared cuts Moore off. In the full version, the filmmaker goes on to say any high from electing Trump will not last.
"[Voting for Trump will feel good] for a day. Maybe a week. Possibly a month. And then like the Brits who wanted to send a message, so they voted to leave Europe only to find out that if you vote to leave Europe you actually have to leave Europe, and now they regret it," Moore says. "All the Ohioans, Pennsylvanians, Michiganders and Wisconsinites of Middle England, right, they all voted to leave and now they regret it."
Moore cleared up the controversy on Twitter Wednesday, claiming the clip in question was only doctored to appear like a Trump endorsement.
Fear not, liberals: Moore is still firmly in your corner.