Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has finally weighed in on the fight between progressive and “establishment” Democrats, and he’s in on the side of progressives — specifically Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
Over the weekend, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) appeared on CBS’s “60 Minutes” to discuss the developing fractures in her House caucus, and Pelosi took several potshots at Ocasio-Cortez, suggesting that popularity on Twitter doesn’t necessarily equate to policy success, and that a “glass of water with a D” on it would have won Ocasio-Cortez’s district just as easily.
Pelosi also dismissed any potential progressive insurgency as “like five people.”
Apparently, that didn’t sit well with Moore, whose efforts to attack Donald Trump have resulted in a series of such public failures, it seems, that he’s taken to attacking moderate Democrats instead of the president. In an acerbic tweet, Moore accused Pelosi of white privilege and threatened establishment Democrats with a “new day.”
“White people,” Moore wrote. “Nobody likes giving up power. And they never see the writing on the wall. The new day arrives and no one has the heart to tell them they and their old tired privileged ways are over.”
White people. Nobody likes giving up power. And they never see the writing on the wall. The new day arrives and no one has the heart to tell them they and their old tired privileged ways are over. https://t.co/jAGjzEjLgp
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) April 15, 2019
Moore is, presumably, referring to Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the current front-runner for the 2020 Democratic nomination. But there’s one big problem: Sanders may be progressive, but like Moore, he’s white, and at age 79, he’s been around for decades. There’s nothing particularly new, novel, or, really, not privileged about Sanders or his campaign.
Moore also supported Sanders against former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Following Trump’s win, he made the accusation that “establishment” Democrats “actively depressed the vote” by nominating someone who was much closer in policy to Trump than Sanders, according to The Hill.
Michael Moore really isn’t as powerful a voice for progressivism as he once was. His most recent movie, “Fahrenheit 11/9,” about Donald Trump’s election, was a failure at the box office and hasn’t picked up now that it’s out on DVD. His one man Broadway show, “The Terms of My Surrender,” closed to little fanfare after its initial run, when the liberal mainstay had trouble filling theater seats.
Like Sanders, Moore has also struggled with his progressive bona fides as of late after it was revealed that Moore owns at least eight homes and is in possession of a multi-million dollar fortune he doesn’t seem in a hurry to give away. Sanders, of course, has three homes and an income of over a million.
His recent plan seems to be to hitch his wagon to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s star, telling media regularly that the author of the Green New Deal should be allowed to run for president and that Democrats must accept her as their new party leader, despite her lack of policy experience. Ocasio-Cortez does not appear to have accepted or acknowledged Moore’s overtures.