"This was a hate crime": Michael Moore tells Bill Maher that GOP's "race hatred" caused Flint crisis

It was a decision "by a Republican governor to give the rich in Michigan a billion-dollar tax break," Moore said

Brendan Gauthier
May 14, 2016 4:19PM (UTC)

"Real Time" host Bill Maher last night welcomed documentary filmmaker Michael Moore.

Moore being a native of Flint, Michigan, his one-on-one interview with Maher unsurprisingly broached the subject of the city's water crisis.

"This is not a lead issue, this was not even an infrastructure issue," Moore explained. "This was a decision made by a Republican governor to give the rich in Michigan a billion-dollar tax break."


Moore said that to compensate for the hole in the budget, state officials decided to take Flint off of the much more sanitary Great Lakes water supply and forced residents to drink from the toxic Flint river water.

He added that, beyond a human rights violation, the decision to target Flint came down to its demography.

"They wouldn't do this to Bloomfield Hills or Ann Arbor or Grosse Point," Moore said, referring to wealthier white suburbs. "It was a hate crime based on this race hatred of this particular party."

Watch the interview below:

Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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