Michael Moore to Dems: 'Never Forget' You're 'Electing the Jury for Impeachment'
WASHINGTON – Filmmaker Michael Moore urged Democratic voters to remember that they are voting for the impeachment of President Trump in the upcoming midterm elections.
“I am optimistic. I have a thread of optimism still in me. I believe we will, in November, see a tsunami of people coming to the polls and after that I hope you, both of you, and the other senators, do their job,” Moore said during a town hall on “Inequality in America: The Rise of Oligarchy and Collapse of the Middle Class” organized by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Monday evening.
“We have a Democrat running in my district in Michigan right now to unseat the Republican,” he added. “I went to hear him speak and the first words out of his mouth were, after he said he was for single-payer healthcare and all these other good things, and that he was an Iraq veteran, he said, I want you to know that in this election you are not electing a member of the House of Representatives. You are electing the jury for the impeachment of Donald J. Trump. Never forget that over these next few months.”
Moore urged the Democratic Party to also provide its “vision” to the voters rather than impeach Trump and go back to the day before he took office.
“If we just get rid of Trump and we just go back to the day before Trump, how are things then, Sen. Warren and Sen. Sanders, with our healthcare, with our job situation, with poverty? I don’t want to go back to that day. We’ve got to move forward and we have to provide that vision and provide that leadership to make that happen,” he said.
Moore said America’s capitalist economic system is not fair.
“These films I make are about a country that’s economic system is unfair, it’s unjust and it’s not Democratic,” he said. “You cannot call this a democracy if the democracy means we just get to go vote, but with the economy if we have no say in this then it’s not a true democracy.”
Moore called on Democratic voters to challenge their party’s leaders.
“We need to challenge people on our own side of the fence to stand up and do their job for the working people of this country,” he said.
Moore praised the teachers in West Virginia for striking.
“They had an amazing victory – the teachers’ strike in West Virginia. This union brought down the state apparatus; it’s 75 percent women in this union and they rose up. And Bernie, I didn’t see hardly anything in the corporate media about this,” he said. “I should know about the West Virginia teachers’ strike and the victory. What an inspiration that would be around the country if you saw people in West Virginia do this. They haven’t had a strike like this in forever.”