Michael Moore Owes Me $4.99

Michael Moore has made some terrific movies in the past, and Where to Invade Next may be the best of them, but I expected Trumpland to be (1) about Trump, (2) funny, (3) honest, (4) at least relatively free of jokes glorifying mass murder. I was wrong on all counts and would like my $4.99 back, Michael.

Moore’s new movie is a film of him doing a stand-up comedy show about how wonderfully awesome Hillary Clinton is — except that he mentions Trump a bit at the beginning and he’s dead serious about Clinton being wonderfully awesome.

This film is a text book illustration of why rational arguments for lesser evilist voting do not work. Lesser evilists become self-delusionists. They identify with their lesser evil candidate and delude themselves into adoring the person. Moore is not pushing the “Elect her and then hold her accountable” stuff. He says we have a responsibility to “support her” and “get behind her,” and that if after two years — yes, TWO YEARS — she hasn’t lived up to a platform he’s fantasized for her, well then, never fear, because he, Michael Moore, will run a joke presidential campaign against her for the next two years (this from a guy who backed restricting the length of election campaigns in one of his better works).

Moore maintains that virtually all criticism of Hillary Clinton is nonsense. What do we think, he asks, that she asks how many millions of dollars you’ve put into the Clinton Foundation and then she agrees to bomb Yemen for you? Bwahahaha! Pretty funny. Except that Saudi Arabia put over $10 million into the Clinton Foundation, and while she was Secretary of State Boeing put in another $900,000, upon which Hillary Clinton reportedly made it her mission to get the planes sold to Saudi Arabia, despite legal restrictions — the planes now dropping U.S.-made bombs on Yemen with U.S. guidance, U.S. refueling mid-air, U.S. protection at the United Nations, and U.S. cover in the form of pop-culture distraction and deception from entertainers like Michael Moore.

Standing before a giant Air Force missile and enormous photos of Hillary Clinton, Michael Moore claims that substantive criticism of Clinton can consist of only two things, which he dismisses in a flash: her vote for a war on Iraq and her coziness with Wall Street. He says nothing more about what that “coziness” consists of, and he claims that she’s more or less apologized and learned her lesson on Iraq.

What? It wasn’t one vote. It was numerous votes to start the war, fund it, and escalate it. It was the lies to get it going and keep it going. It’s all the other wars before and since.

  • She says President Obama was wrong not to launch missile strikes on Syria in 2013.
  • She pushed hard for the overthrow of Qadaffi in 2011.
  • She supported the coup government in Honduras in 2009.
  • She has backed escalation and prolongation of war in Afghanistan.
  • She skillfully promoted the White House justification for the war on Iraq.
  • She does not hesitate to back the use of drones for targeted killing.
  • She has consistently backed the military initiatives of Israel.
  • She was not ashamed to laugh at the killing of Qadaffi.
  • She has not hesitated to warn that she could obliterate Iran.
  • She is eager to antagonize Russia.
  • She helped facilitate a military coup in Ukraine.
  • She has the financial support of the arms makers and many of their foreign customers.
  • She waived restrictions at the State Department on selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Qatar, all states wise enough to donate to the Clinton Foundation.
  • She supported President Bill Clinton’s wars and the power of the president to make war without Congress.
  • She has advocated for arming fighters in Syria and for a “No Fly” zone.
  • She supported a surge in Iraq even before President Bush did.

That’s just her war problem. What about her banking problem, prison problem, fracking problem, corporate trade problem, corporate healthcare problem, climate change problem, labor problem, Social Security problem, etc.?

Moore parts company from substantive critique in order to lament unproven rightwing claims that Hillary Clinton has murdered various people. “I hope she did,” screams Moore. “That’s who I want as Commander in Chief!” Hee hee hee.

Then Moore shamelessly pushes the myth that Hillary tried to create single-payer, or at least “universal” healthcare (whatever that is) in the 1990s. In fact, as I heard Paul Wellstone tell it, single-payer easily won the support of Clinton’s focus group, but she buried it for her corporate pals and produced the phonebook-size monstrosity that was dead on arrival but reborn in another form years later as Obamacare. She killed single-payer then, has not supported it since, and does not propose it now. (Well, she does admit in private that it’s the only thing that works, as her husband essentially blurts out in public.) But Moore claims that because we didn’t create “universal” healthcare in the 1990s we all have the blood of millions on our hands, millions whom Hillary would have saved had we let her.

Moore openly fantasizes: what would it be like if Hillary Clinton is secretly progressive? Remember that Moore and many others did the exact same thing with Obama eight years ago. To prove Clinton’s progressiveness Moore plays an audio clip of her giving a speech at age 22 in which she does not hint at any position on any issue whatsoever.

Mostly, however, Moore informs us that Hillary Clinton is female. He anticipates “that glorious moment when the other gender has a chance to run this world and kick some righteous ass.” Now tell me please, dear world, if your ass is kicked by killers working for a female president will you feel better about it? How do you like Moore’s inclusive comments throughout his performance: “We’re all Americans, right?”

Moore’s fantasy is that Clinton will dash off a giant pile of executive orders, just writing Congress out of the government — executive orders doing things like releasing all nonviolent drug offenders from prison immediately (something the real Hillary Clinton would oppose in every way she could).

But when he runs for president, Moore says, he’ll give everybody free drugs.

I’ll tell you the Clinton ad I’d like to see. She’s standing over a stove holding an egg. “This is your brain,” she says solemnly, cracking it into the pan with a sizzle. “This is your brain on partisanship.”

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  • Mao Cheng Ji

    Well said, David Swanson. Some working-class champion he is. What a travesty…

  • billylove

    After hearing about the Trumpland story and Moore praising Clinton, I vowed to never pay Moore a nickel to see any future productions from him. This piece further confirms I have made the right decision.

  • Jean-Luc Picard

    Michael Moore literally has an obsession with Hillary Clinton. He pretty much wants to bang her.

  • V4V

    Moore is an Obama-bot of the highest order. These are some of the most gullible and subservient creatures on the Earth. Boot licks making money from movies at are content-free advertisements for Killary Klintin 2016~!!!

  • Two Americas

    Well done. Thanks.

    Moore has become a total embarrassment. I say this as a friend and neighbor of his.

    • blessthebeasts

      He has really become the buffoon that he has always appeared to be!

  • Southernfink

    MM displays his true colors….that of the faux left.

    • V4V

      M & M’s is a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat from cradle to death…

      • Southernfink

        Totally, the MSM is fully saturated with people that can be bought, and that ain’t nothing new, the so called independent side of the media are also showing their true colors now that it’s ”time”.

        Check this out …. Wikileaks exposes secret list of 65 mainstream media reporters who are part of the Clinton mafia

        What’s needed right now is a list of the shills operating on all the supposedly leftist sites, f.e. Truthdig has a couple of great authors such as Hedges and then they post articles by outright shills for the Neocons.

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        • V4V

          Thanks! I added the article to my file on Clinton.

  • Demonocracy

    If I had a dollar for every time that CAPITALISM was blamed for the problems caused by GOVERNMENT, I’d be a fat filmaker with a baseball cap.

  • smacko

    Michael Moore Explains Why TRUMP Will Win! And Why He Should!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKeYbEOSqYc

  • Ort

    Thanks for this review of the film and its filmmaker.

    I said it before, I’ll say it again:

    Recently, during a discussion of Moore, a friend informed me that Moore had openly admitted to having a “thing” for Hillary Clinton, above and beyond his support for her candidacy.

    I assumed she was kidding. But a cursory Internet search turned up ample confirmation, e.g. this “teasing” comment to interviewer Chris Hayes: “I’ve always really liked her, and not just in a — in a forbidden way.” In Moore’s book, Downsize This he wrote, among other things, that “Hillary Rodham is one hot s**tkickin’ feminist babe.” [asterisks added]

    Although some of these comments were made facetiously, with a figurative wink, the cumulative impression is that Moore isn’t merely “teasing” or “kidding”. He has something like an adolescent crush, an infatuation, with Hillary. Frankly, it’s creepy.

    A WSWS.org article about Moore, David Walsh’s July 28, 2016 “The political bankruptcy of filmmaker Michael Moore and his ‘5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win’“, inspired an unusually lengthy and contentious comments thread.

    Instead of re-posting my long-winded comment to that article here, I’ll just provide this link for anyone who’s interested.

    Meanwhile, I’ll close by observing that, whatever Moore’s filmmaking achievements as a moderately contrarian social critic, in his self-appointed role as Celebrity Democrat-Boosting Everyman, he has become an unabashed toady. Sad.