In a blistering commentary posted on Facebook Tuesday night, filmmaker and activist Michael Moore highlighted the eerie parallels between an easily distracted Donald Trump and former President George W. Bush whose inattentiveness to daily intelligence briefings paved the way for the 9/11 attacks.
According to Moore, Trump is too busy tweeting attacks at TV shows and private citizens when he should be knee deep in intelligence briefings as the future commander-in-chief.
“Our minds have been so boggled so many times in the past year by this foolish man no one seems that surprised or concerned,” Moore writes. ” He can get up at 5 in the morning and send angry, childish tweets about how he’s being portrayed on SNL (“Not funny! Unwatchable!”), or belittling the local elected union leader in Indiana, but he doesn’t have time to hear about the threats to our national security.”
“So, my fellow Americans,” he continues, “When the next terrorist attack happens — and it will happen, we all know that — and after the tragedy is over, amidst the death and destruction that might have been prevented, you will see Donald Trump acting quickly to blame everyone but himself. He will suspend constitutional rights. He will round up anyone he deems a threat. He will declare war, and his Republican Congress will back him.”
Moore than began to draw parallels to Bush
“No one will remember that he wasn’t paying attention to the growing threat. Wasn’t attending the daily national security briefings. Was playing golf instead or meeting with celebrities or staying up til 3am tweeting about how unfair CNN is. He said he didn’t need to be briefed. ‘You know, I think I’m smart. I don’t need to hear the same thing over and over each day for eight years.’ That’s what he told Fox News on December 11th when asked why he wasn’t attending the security briefings. Don’t forget that date and his hubris as we bury the dead next year.”
“We had a president like him before. He, too, lost the popular vote, a majority of Americans saying they didn’t want him in the Oval Office,” he wrote. “On August 6, 2001, he was on a month-long vacation at his ranch in Texas. That morning, the White House Counsel handed him his daily national security briefing. He glanced at it, set it aside and then went fishing for the rest of the day. Below is the photo of that moment which I showed the world in “Fahrenheit 9/11″. The headline on the security briefing reads: BIN LADEN DETERMINED TO STRIKE INSIDE U.S. On the top page it tells how bin Laden will do this: with planes. George W. Bush didn’t leave the ranch to go back to work for the next four weeks. In the fifth week, bin Laden attacked the US with planes on September 11th.”
“It’s one thing to have a president who was asleep at the wheel,” Moore continued “But, my friends, it’s a whole other thing to now have a president-elect who REFUSES TO EVEN GET BEHIND THE WHEEL! This utter neglect of duty, a daily snub at the people who work to protect us, the first Commander-in-Chief to literally be AWOL and announcing proudly he isn’t going to change — this, I assure you, is going to get a lot of innocent people killed.”
You can read the whole thing here.