Film director Michael Moore can certainly not be described as a fan of President Trump.
But he’s apparently not a huge fan of Joe Biden, either.
“Joe Biden is this year’s Hillary,” Moore said during a television interview on Tuesday. He added that Biden’s weak defense in refuting allegations of wrongdoing with his dealings in Ukraine is not helping his effort to secure the 2020 Democratic Party nomination for president.
“Joe Biden is not going to excite the base to get out there and vote on November 3, 2020,” Moore said on “The Beat with Ari Melber” on MSNBC.
As the impeachment inquiry into Trump’s actions in Ukraine, headlines have also focused on Hunter Biden, who made hundreds of thousands of dollars through his employment with Burisma, the largest private gas company in Ukraine — despite having no apparent qualifications for the job. A Ukrainian prosecutor was reportedly looking into the business’s dealings, then-vice president Biden demanded that the prosecutor be fired.
And he’s on tape doing so. He pushed for the Ukrainian government to fire Viktor Shokin, bragging he had threatened to withhold $1 billion until Shokin was canned. “If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,” he says he told Ukrainian leaders. “Well son of a b****, he got fired,” Biden said.
“The things that he said publicly are very strong,” Moore said. “But it looks like he’s not really wanting to deal with it. He’s afraid to be out there.”
Moore said Biden needs to explain his actions, and claims that Biden did nothing wrong.
“There’s some piece of this that he doesn’t want to deal with in terms of his son and the gas company and all that. And it’s OK. It’s been proven that nobody did anything wrong. If he’s embarrassed that the kid of a politician got some help, well, I don’t think anybody [is] sitting there at home right now with their TV dinner going, ‘What? Joe Biden’s son got a good job out of this?'”
Moore said Biden reacted well at the outset, but has not followed through.
“[Biden] said the right thing, but he’s got to come out fighting,” Moore said. “You don’t want a [Michael] Dukakis moment here when they attack your family and you’re trying to be all kumbaya about this. You’ve got to put the gloves on and you’ve got to go after him. And Biden should be out there every single day on this. Don’t be afraid. It’s OK, your son got a good job.”
Moore said other candidates should join in.
“We need all the candidates right now — need to be unified and coming at this full force,” he added. “No backing down and no trying to placate the other and none of this, ‘Well we have to wait and see.'”
Moore has predicted the Trump could be re-elected.
“Too many people in the summer of 2016 were so sure Hillary [Clinton] was going to win, saying no one is going to vote for this idiot,” Moore told CNN in September 2018. “He could win again. I operate as if he is a two-term Trump. I have to. If you think any other way, you are guaranteeing that whoever is going to run against him will lose.”
“I think the man is an evil genius and he was able to outsmart the smartest person ever to run for president,” Moore said.
That “smartest person ever to run for president?” Hillary Clinton.