In case this election season had not endured enough stupidity, Michael Moore has gotten involved. Last week, the documentarian — a word here stretched to its breaking point — posted on Facebook an open letter to Donald Trump and a picture of himself standing on the steps of Manhattan’s Trump Tower with a sign proclaiming, “We Are All Muslim,” which he is encouraging supporters to use as a hashtag on social media.
This from the writer of a film called “Canadian Bacon.”
Whether Moore gives a pulled-pork sandwich about Trump’s proposed “Muslim ban” is anyone’s guess. He’s got a new film out next week — Where to Invade Next — and he needs publicity. But that being said, it was probably only a matter of time before Moore took on Trump. Vadum vadum invocat, or: One obnoxious self-promoter calls to another.
This is, of course, hard work, and it gives rise to the eccentricities and frictions that make societies difficult to steer — hence liberals’ preference for homogenizing categories, for transforming communities of unique persons into malleable blobs. Moore’s tagline is just liberalism’s totalizing inclination brightly packaged. It’s for this reason that his mindless stunts require a response.
Thankfully, doing so can be enjoyable. After all, Moore’s heft has always been decisively of the non-intellectual variety.
— Ian Tuttle is a National Review Institute Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism.