Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore may be lacking general political acumen, but perhaps he at least knows how to give a fairly accurate prognosis of events to come when it comes to Democratic politics. On Thursday, he issued Democrats a dire warning: Nominate former Vice President Joe Biden and risk alienating progressive voters come 2020.
Writing a lengthy Twitter post, Moore first attacked Biden for attending a fundraiser hosted by Andrew Goldman, the founder of the natural gas company Western LNG, and argued that the former vice president is far too similar to Hillary Clinton.
“Last night on CNN, a student asked Biden, who had pledged to take NO fossil fuel money, why he was having an NYC fundraiser tonight hosted by Andrew Goldman, the founder of the natural gas co Western LNG. Biden denied it. Then CNN said it was true & that Biden is attending. Wow,” Moore tweeted. “We can NOT go through this again, my friends. As with Hillary taking Goldman Sachs $$ & then trying to pretend nothing happened, we can NOT risk this again.”
Moore went on to predict that the progressive base would stay home in 2020 with Biden on the ticket and that Trump’s own issues and divisiveness would not be enough to compel progressives into punching the ticket for the former vice president.
“Our base will stay home once more if Biden is the candidate. If they see he’s in cahoots w/ fossil fuel, that he has lied,” he continued. “They will not say, ‘So what — Trump’s a bigger liar!’ They will just give up. Trust me on this.”
Moore says that the only antidote to Trump is an “anti-Trump” who is not afraid to fight the incumbent hard in his/her bid for the White House.
“We need a completely honest and authentic candidate, the Anti-Trump, a street fighter, and someone who when they say they’ll take NO fossil fuel $$, they not only keep their promise, they go after tooth-and-nail and put somebody like Andrew Goldman out of business,” Moore tweeted. “They don’t attend a fundraiser of his fat cats!”
Moore finished with a message for Joe Biden: Apologize to the American people and step down for the authentic candidate.
“Joe — you’re driving there right now. For God’s sake, turn your limousine around immediately and apologize to the American people,” Moore said. “You think [you] can beat Trump. So what! Hillary beat him! Didn’t matter! We need a candidate who will CRUSH him because that candidate has INSPIRED a tsunami of voters with her or his INTEGRITY & his/her progressive vision of what the 21st century should be. That, Joe, isn’t you.”
“Finally, last night [you] said that we are only 15% of the climate change problem. 85% of it is the rest of the world’s (fault). Are you serious? Wall Street, Corporate America, the poor everywhere who make our goods [for] us, our exploitation of the entire planet — please, Joe, stop,” he concluded.
While Michael Moore indeed hates President Trump and wants to see him lose, in recent months he has been chiding the Democratic establishment for pushing Joe Biden while trying to belittle the progressive base.
“If you’re being moderate, stop being moderate. Take a position,” Moore said in February on MSNBC. “There’s no middle ground anymore. There’s no halfway point to should somebody be paid a living wage. You know, on the issue of choice, there is no halfway there. You’re either for it or you’re against it. Do you believe in equal rights for women? Do you believe we should have an Equal Rights Amendment? There’s no middle ground. There’s no time for moderation.”