Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has written an open letter condemning Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's call to ban all Muslims from entering the United States.
Before posting the message on his Facebook page Wednesday night, Moore stood outside the Trump Tower in New York City Wednesday holding a sign that said "We are all Muslim." He was forced to leave after police arrived, Moore said on Twitter.
In his letter, the activist recalled their first encounter in the green room of an unnamed talk show in 1989, when the self-described "tough from Queens seemed like a fraidey-cat."
"The producer says you're worried I might say or do something to you during the show. Hey, no offense, but I barely know who you are," he wrote in the post, adding that he remembered thinking what a "wuss" Trump was. [[362828831, C]]
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Moore described Trump's recent anti-Muslim statements, made in "desperation and insanity," as something that arises out of fear, a reminder that ol' "Donny" is still a wuss.
"You are frightened by a bogeyman who is out to get you," he said. "That bogeyman, in your mind, are all Muslims. Not just the ones who have killed, but ALL MUSLIMS.
The Oscar winner reminded Trump that today's America is no longer a country of "angry white guys" and noted that the future U.S. president will be chosen by a more diverse electorate — voters that "fortunately" no longer looks like Trump or his supporters.
Earlier this month, the current frontrunner among the Republican candidates seeking the party nomination for the presidency, called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" during a campaign rally in South Carolina amid a string of terror attacks in Paris and in California. [[316127531, C]]
Moore appealed to Trump to exit the race "so we can elect a real president who is both compassionate and strong -- at least strong enough not to be all whiny and scared of some guy in a ballcap (sic) from Michigan sitting next to him on a talk show couch," he quipped.
"You're not so tough, Donny," Moore wrote.
The "Fahrenheit 9/11" director has also launched a social media campaign called #WeAreAllMuslim, asking users to post a photo of themselves on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, holding a "We Are All Muslim" sign in solidarity with the Muslim community.
"I will post all the photos on my site and send them to you, Mr. Trump. Feel free to join us," Moore wrote. [[338107532, C]]