HISTORY LESSON

Michael Moore: Trump ‘Is Gonna Get Us Killed’

On Tuesday night, the documentary filmmaker Michael Moore posted a mini-essay on his Facebook page excoriating Donald Trump for bragging about only attending “two or three” of his daily presidential national-security briefings since being elected president. In the piece, titled “Donald Trump Is Gonna Get Us Killed,” Moore wrote: “Most would agree the #1 job of the leader of any country is to keep its people safe… That Trump would find it too cumbersome or too annoying to have to sit through 20 minutes of listening to his top intelligence people tell him who’s trying to kill us today, simply boggles the mind.”

The Oscar-winner then drew parallels between Trump and former President George W. Bush, who Moore profiled in his documentary film Fahrenheit 9/11—still the highest-grossing documentary of all time. Moore noted how Bush also lost the popular vote, and also ignored national-security briefings—including a particularly important one delivered on Aug. 6, 2001, while Bush was in the midst of a month-long vacation at his ranch in Texas. The security briefing read: “BIN LADEN DETERMINED TO STRIKE INSIDE U.S.”

“On the top page it tells how bin Laden will do this: with planes,” wrote Moore. “George W. Bush didn't leave the ranch to go back to work for the next four weeks. In the fifth week, bin Laden attacked the U.S. with planes on September 11th.”

He concluded his piece with a stern message to Trump: “We will remember that while the plot to kill Americans was being hatched, your time was consumed by whom you saw as the real threat to America: Alec Baldwin in a wig.”