Michael Moore called supporters of President Donald Trump “racists” and compared them to rape enablers Tuesday night on CNN while wearing a cap that read, “No Surrender.”
“If you vote for a racist, what are you then….because it sure sounds like racism to me,” the 63-year-old filmmaker asked host Don Lemon while the two were discussing Trump’s remarks at his press conference earlier in the day where he put the responsibility for violence in Charlottesville, VA on both sides. (RELATED: Michael Moore, Other Celebs Blame Trump For Charlottesville Riots)
Lemon point-blank asked the filmmaker if he thought Trump was a “racist” and he answered yes.
“He’s absolutely a racist,” Moore responded. “He’s not as stupid as people want to believe he is. He knows exactly what he’s doing, he knows the words to use and I’m certain that the 63 million people who voted for him actually–vast, vast majority–love that press conference.”
When Moore was challenged for comparing Trump supporters to “racists,” he responded with another shocking comparison.
“If you hold down the woman while the rapist is raping her, and you didn’t rape her, are you a rapist,” the filmmaker asked. “Let’s cut the BS, and start speaking honestly. If you vote for a man who says what he said today–that the white nationalists were the victims, that he equated George Washington and Thomas Jefferson with Robert E. Lee and said that the people there trying to stop the racism, the anti-racism protesters, that they were the violent ones–it just went so far.”
Lemon called the comparison “uncomfortable,” but Moore didn’t stop.
“Yeah, it’s uncomfortable, isn’t it,” Moore said. “Because enablers of immoral behavior, criminal behavior… it is absolutely criminal to stand behind the people that killed Heather Heyer, that beat the heads in of people who were trying to speak their minds in Charlottesville. If you are there, and if you participate–even though you’re not the actual person doing it. ”
“If you helped to put Donald Trump in office, you need to think about this before you kneel down and say your prayers tonight,” he added. “Think about…this person that you now have leading this country. And anybody who supports that–if you still support the racist, you are the racist.”