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Michael Moore agrees with John Lewis: Donald Trump is "not a legitimate president"

The Flint documentarian, who predicted Trump's victory in July, agrees that the president is illegitimate


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Matthew Rozsa
January 17, 2017 7:05PM (UTC)

Progressive activist Michael Moore took to Facebook Saturday to let the world know that he agrees with Rep. John Lewis — Donald Trump is indeed "not a legitimate president."

"Nothing, including an arcane, racist section of the constitution, can change the fact that 3 million more Americans voted for Hillary than for Trump," Moore begins by saying. "It's either a democracy or it isn't. If he had won by 3 million, I would sadly admit that Trump is the president the American people wanted. But that's not what happened."

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Moore pointed to a pair of longstanding allegations — namely, that Trump is mentally ill and that the Russian government hacked the presidential election. After that, he noted that FBI Director James Comey's decision to release a letter discussing the bureau's decision to revisit investigations into Clinton's emails — while refusing to disclose investigations into Trump's Russia connections — blunted Clinton's substantial pre-election lead and helped Trump achieve his narrow victory.

"The FBI clearly chose sides, and FBI Director Comey's interference in the 10 days before the election most-definitely helped tipped the balance to the FBI's preferred candidate, Donald J. Trump," Moore wrote. "That our own federal police would so brazenly attempt to throw the election to the person with the least votes is mind-boggling, frightening and must be stopped. Attorney General Lynch must immediately, today, appoint a special prosecutor to investigate what to me appears to be a criminal offense. If this is true, I want to see FBI Director Comey in handcuffs and behind bars. Short of murder and a few other heinous acts, is there a worse crime in our democracy than the highest ranking cop in the land attempting to throw the election?"

Moore also discussed Trump's appointment of Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, alleging that he did this "so that he, a personal friend of Putin's, can get the U.S. sanctions lifted off Russia so that his company, ExxonMobil, can get back to their exclusive oil deal with Russia — which will eventually net ExxonMobil three TRILLION dollars. This is nothing less than a bold, audacious robbery in broad daylight — and it says a lot about you and me that they think they can get away with it."

Finally, Moore pointed to the fact that Trump has "potentially committed a number of felonies," including "his admitted sexual assaults to whatever he's hiding in the tax returns, to possibly evading taxes, to his committing fraud with Trump U, to his long list of conflicts of interest."

Moore's post came in the wake of Trump's attacks of Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, a hero of the civil rights movement who claimed that Trump was not a legitimate president.

Moore first made headlines in July when he predicted that Trump would be elected due to a "Rust Belt Brexit" — an observation that proved to be eerily prophetic. He has since then been galvanizing progressives with plans for thwarting Trump's agenda.

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Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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