Monday night, September 17 at the AMC Uptown in DC, a special appearance by renowned progressive filmmaker Michael Moore to screen his new film Fahrenheit 11/9. "11/9" refers, of course, to the day after Election Day 2016, when the news arrived that the Trumpster had nailed the presidency beyond all expectations.
Moore's homestate, Michigan, was won by the GOP candidate by 77,000 votes, while 90,000 voters refused to choose between candidates at the top of their ballot. They were angry that President Obama had taken a small sip of Flint's lead-infused water while visiting that city to check out the situation created by GOP Governor Rick Snyder.
Those African Americans were sure that their president, arrived so late after Snyder shifted their water supply to the polluted Flint River from the spring-fed Lake Huron, was coming there to rescue them. They were sure that Obama would fix things. Children were brain-damaged from drinking that water and adults had died from Legionnaire's Disease.
Snyder had been booed when trying to introduce the president to the crowd. Obama shook his hand, smiling, wet his lips with Flint water, which looked clean except when hitting the bottom of a sink in larger quantities, when it turned a rust color. Snyder's PR aide had earlier refused a sip.
Why was Flint being treated with such toxicity? It is one of three predominantly Democratic strongholds in the Frontier State. Maybe that was it. What the press didn't report was that after Obama's visit, some military practice exercises bombed the city, as if at war. None of us knew, said Moore, except those who were there, frightened out of their minds.
By all means, go see Fahrenheit 11/9 when it is released to the public this Friday. Flint is but one of many issues that point out how close to annihiilation the country is. Watch it and ACT.
Meanwhile, what I found even more interesting was the Q&A session led by Moore in person after the film.
By the way, Fahrenheit 9/11 begins with the polls' reassurance that HRC would win. There was no mention of any of the "minor" parties anywhere except to dismiss them at this point.
The beginning is all about rallies red-carpeting Our Next President. Old women wept, saying that voting for the first woman president was the most important political experience in their lives. They weren't the only disappointed ones when the results came in on 11/9. The Trump family looked dumbfounded and bewildered.
Said Moore after the film, HRC spent three times what Trump did on campaigning. Trump outsmarted us all, now chipping away at things we all cherish, one by one.
Because the New York Times was so sure HRC would win, everyone stayed home on Election Day (and prior to it).
Trump is always lying, always telling the truth, said Moore.
The film parallels him so closely with Hitler, who also had no political experience, that films of Adolph addressing huge rallies are lip-synched with Trump's words. The people related to those monsters as real people just like them rather than politicians, telling their stories as they were.
The Democrats have won the popular vote in six out of seven previous presidential elections. People want Democrats and progressive policies. The film shows the stats, which proclaim this overwhelmingly.
Moore loves it that Obama insisted that his full name Barack Hussein Obama appear on the ballot. He scored the votes anyway over Mr. "47% leaching us" Romney. No "Barry Obama" on the ticket, though the former prez has been known to phone in radio shows as "Barry from DC" to state his views.