Michael Moore Says Trump Supporters ‘Not Racist’

By Austin Roscoe Published on November 13, 2016

Liberal political activist Michael Moore defended white Trump supporters Friday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, saying, “they’re not racist.”

“They twice voted for a man whose middle name is Hussein,” Moore said referring to Trump supporters. “That’s the America you live in.”

Moore’s comments were in response to Eddie Glaude Jr., chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton, after Glaude asserted that “at the heart of this country is some deep racial animus that animates the very communities that we’re trying to lift up.”

Moore continued:

Even though this country is only 12 percent black, the vast majority of this country, especially its young people — if you remember, it was really the only white demographic he won in ‘08 was 18 to 35-year-olds — they poured out in record numbers, they made that happen. But if you put people through another eight years where there’s no middle class jobs, they’re struggling to get by, the basic things like you said — the price of a box of cereal doubles. These are the things that are important to people because they are trying to get by, they’re living from paycheck to paycheck.

Though Moore has defended Trump supporters, and predicted that the Republican candidate would win, he has made it clear that he is not a fan. Yesterday he called Donald Trump an “illegitimate president” while touring Trump Tower in New York City, saying “the majority of people voted for Hillary Clinton.” He was referring to the fact that Trump won a majority of the Electoral College, which is what determines presidential elections, rather than the popular vote.

Moore also joined in on a social media trend comparing November 9, the day after the election, to September 11. The filmmaker tweeted “Fahrenheit 11/9,” a reference to his 2004 film Fahrenheit 9/11.

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