Moore to Trump: ‘We are all Muslims’

Source:  Agencies Published in US on Thursday, December 17, 2015

NEW YORK - Michael Moore - a prominent American left-wing political activist and documentary filmmaker - has sent Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a letter chastising him on his recent anti-Muslim statements and his call to ban Muslims from coming to the US.

In his letter, which he posted on his Facebook page, Moore said Trump’s anti-Muslim statements were made in depression and insanity. He also published a picture of himself standing in front of Trump Tower - the 68-storey skyscraper owned by Donald Trump in New York city - with the caption “We are all Muslim.” He stood near the landmark building until the police came and asked him to leave.

During his campaign, Trump called for a ‘total and complete block on all Muslims’ entering the US and an end to Muslim immigration to the country. He is the current frontrunner among the Republican candidates seeking the party nomination for the presidency of the US.

In the letter, Moore reminded Trump that the US today was no longer a country of ‘angry white guys,’ that the future US president would be chosen by more diverse voters and that fortunately the US no longer looks like Trump or his supporters.

“Here’s a statistic that is going to make your hair spin: 81 percent of the electorate who will pick the president next year are either female, people of colour, or young people between the ages of 18 and 35. In other words, not you or the people who want you leading their country, he wrote in his letter.

He said that he was raised to believe in equality of people as brothers and sisters, regardless of race, colour and religion. “We are all Muslim, just as we are all Mexican, we are all Catholic and Jewish and white and black and every shade in between,” he said.

Michael Moore - born in Michigan in 1954 - is known for his documentary films that criticised US gun laws, globalisation, the Iraq war and the US healthcare system. He had been awarded several awards for his work.