Apparently, hanging out with football players and rappers, in between raging tweet storms, is more important to Trump than national security and according to Michael Moore, it’s “gonna get us killed”.
President-elect Donald Trump blew off one of his most important duties in an interview on Fox News Sunday when he responded to his cavalier skipping of daily intelligence briefing by saying,
“I don’t have to be told ― you know, I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day. I don’t need to be told … the same thing every day, every morning ― same words.”
For most Americans who value the safety of our children let alone the country, this pathetic, infantile rationale was deeply disturbing, but for Michael Moore it was explosive.
The filmmaker posted a lengthy essay on Facebook Tuesday entitled ‘Donald Trump Is Gonna Get Us Killed’ which blasted Trump and warned the rest of the country exactly what his blatant disregard for the security of this country will mean.
Friday CNN reported that Trump has been averaging only one intel briefing a week (there have been roughly 36 since he was elected). This is an absolute outrage and Moore agrees, stating:
“Most would agree the #1 job of the leader of any country is to keep its people safe. There is no more important meeting every day for the President than the one where he learns what the day’s potential threats are to the country. That Trump would find it too cumbersome or too annoying to have to sit through 20 minutes of listening to his top intelligence people tell him who’s trying to kill us today, simply boggles the mind”
He goes on to explain how Trump’s continuous erratic behavior has numbed us, but how it is still shocking how:
“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.”
Moore then describes how this will bring down our country:
“So, my fellow Americans, 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, who directed the documentary ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ (a scathing account of President George W. Bush’s inaction that led up to the terrorist attack), goes on to compare Trump and Bush Jr., both who lost the popular vote, to remind us of the largest terrorist attack on US soil and how it may have been avoided, if you know, President George W. would have taken the briefings seriously:
“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…. 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.”
And then the dire warning for us all:
“It’s one thing to have a president who was asleep at the wheel. 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.”
And finally to Trump himself:
“To you, Mr. Trump, I say this: When this next terrorist attack takes place, it is YOU who will be charged by the American people with a gross dereliction of duty. It was YOUR job to pay attention, to protect the country. But you were too busy tweeting and defending Putin and appointing cabinet members to dismantle the government.”
“We will remember that while the plot to kill Americans was being hatched, your time was consumed by whom you saw as the real threat to America: Alec Baldwin in a wig.”
It would be great if Trump would actually read Moore’s post and take it seriously, but as he is an arrogant narcissist, I doubt it. And his hubris will take us all down.
You can read the entire post here.
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