Politics

Michael Moore's Warning About Donald Trump

December 14th 2016

By:
Kyle Jaeger

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore on Wednesday laid out the potential national security risks posed by President-elect Donald Trump's apparent disregard for intelligence briefings. In a Facebook post, Moore warned of the potential fallout of a terrorist attack under a Trump presidency.

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Moore compared Trump's attitude toward national security briefings to former President George W. Bush, who received a daily brief titled "Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US" while he was vacationing at his Texas ranch the month before the September 11 attacks. Moore said that Bush "glanced at it, set it aside, and then went fishing for the rest of the day," although it's also the case that Bush "insisted on a daily in-person briefing," PBS News reported.

Trump has been criticized for avoiding daily intelligence briefings — and for subsequently defending his behavior by stating that he's "like, a smart guy" who doesn't need to hear the same information on a daily basis. He also said that Vice President-elect Mike Pence and other advisers fill him in on national security updates.

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The combination of a lack of preparation and a tendency to overreact could put the country at risk in the event of a terrorist attack, Moore wrote.

"So, my fellow Americans, when the next terrorist attack happens — and it will happen, we all know that — and after the tragedy is over, amidst the death and destruction that might have been prevented, you will see Donald Trump acting quickly to blame everyone but himself," Moore wrote. "He will suspend constitutional rights. He will round up anyone he deems a threat. He will declare war, and his Republican Congress will back him."

Trump, as well advisor and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, have hinted at the re-establishment of a registry for immigrants from countries with high Muslim populations. Such talk has raised concerns that Trump's administration would use a registry to trample the Constitutional rights of Muslims in America in the wake of a terrorist attack. 

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