Democratic activist and documentarian Michael Moore took to Facebook tonight to explain in six concise but devastating points how Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) is correct in his assessment that Donald Trump is an illegitimate president-elect.
Lewis labelled Trump “illegitimate” during an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd set to air this Sunday. He pointed to the interference of Russian Federation in our election by way of a cyberwarfare agitation propaganda campaign against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the allegations that Russia could potentially blackmail Donald Trump with sensitive personal and financial information as justification for the charge.
Lewis’ comments prompted not one but two Twitter rants from our digitally deficient despot.
Moore’s analysis of Trump’s illegitimacy was more in-depth, citing Clinton’s overwhelming popular vote victory, Trump’s emotional immaturity and unpresidential volatility, Russian election interference, the FBI’s role in tilting public opinion against Clinton, the obvious corruption that Trump is embracing with his cabinet hires, and the fact that Trump is a serial sexual predator who will hopefully face justice for his many, many, crimes one day:
Here’s why Congressman and civil rights legend John Lewis is right that Trump “is not a legitimate President”:
1. Nothing, including an arcane, racist section of the constitution, can change the fact that 3 million more Americans voted for Hillary than for Trump. It’s either a democracy or it isn’t. If he had won by 3 million, I would sadly admit that Trump is the President the American people wanted. But that’s not what happened.
2. He is not well and needs help. He has a number of serious mental disorders that make him unfit to hold office — and they are on display every day in one cringe-worthy tweet after another. He is a full-blown malignant narcissist. He displays sociopathic tendencies. He will say one thing and 30 seconds later say the opposite. He is disconnected from the truth. And he has a stunning lack of human empathy. These behaviors make him a truly dangerous occupant of the Oval Office.
3. The Russians interfered with the election in order to get him elected. Even Trump now admits as much. That alone makes the election tainted and should be voided. We spend trillions on ridiculous weapons and ineffective police state-style homeland security measures to defend us against those who would “destroy our way of life” — but we are to remain silent when a foreign government is caught trying to get THEIR candidate elected as OUR president? AND they succeed! This is a joke of monstrous proportions — and the fact that conservatives, Republicans and patriotic good ol’ boys are actively defending this foreign aggression into our country confirms to me what I’ve feared all along: that they really hate our form of democracy, our Bill of Rights, our belief that “All men (sic) are created equal,” our one person-one vote system, that whoever scores the most points wins and that people of all religions are welcome here. They don’t believe that, and I’d respect them so much more if they would just simply admit it.
4. The FBI clearly chose sides, and FBI Director Comey’s interference in the 10 days before the election most-definitely helped tipped the balance to the FBI’s preferred candidate, Donald J. Trump. That our own federal police would so brazenly attempt to throw the election to the person with the least votes is mind-boggling, frightening and must be stopped. Attorney General Lynch must immediately, today, appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate what to me appears to be a criminal offense. If this is true, I want to see FBI Director Comey in handcuffs and behind bars. Short of murder and a few other heinous acts, is there a worse crime in our democracy than the highest ranking cop in the land attempting to throw the election?
5. Trump has nominated in Rex Tillerson the most powerful corporate CEO in the world as “our” Secretary of State. Why would the quarter-billionaire head of the world’s richest corporation want a “government job?” So that he, a personal friend of Putin’s, can get the US sanctions lifted off Russia so that his company, ExxonMobil, can get back to their exclusive oil deal with Russia — which will eventually net ExxonMobil three TRILLION dollars. This is nothing less than a bold, audacious robbery in broad daylight — and it says a lot about you and me that they think they can get away with it.
6. Trump has potentially committed a number of felonies — and a felon simply can’t sit in the Oval Office (I can’t believe I even have to state that). From his admitted sexual assaults to whatever he’s hiding in the tax returns, to possibly evading taxes, to his committing fraud with Trump U, to his long list of conflicts of interest — the chance of us having to suffer through his impeachment trial in the Senate is just too much to bear.
Donald Trump is, as John Lewis said, NOT a legitimate president. He is unfit, unstable and was elected with help from the Russian government. John Lewis has announced he will not attend the Inauguration, and eight other members of Congress today have joined him. Call (202-225-3121) or write your Congressperson and insist he or she not attend the swearing in of an illegitimate president. It’s the least you can do short of standing in front of this runaway train. — Michael Moore
We couldn’t agree more. Trump is unqualified to be our president and does not have a mandate from the people. He has shown little interest in actively governing while the Republican Party gleefully prepares to strip the meat from the carcass of the American middle class, putting our national security in danger in order to fulfill the agendas of their oligarch masters. Trump is a puppet of the Kremlin who is tearing down our republic bit by bit. He is as illegitimate as they come, and he should not be sworn in next week.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.