American filmmaker and social-political activist Michael Moore has written to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, criticising him on his recent anti-Muslim statements and his call to ‘ban all Muslims from coming to the United States’.
In the letter, which he posted to his personal website, he wrote: “We are all Muslim. Just as we are all Mexican, we are all Catholic and Jewish and white and black and every shade in between.
“We are all children of God (or nature or whatever you believe in), part of the human family, and nothing you say or do can change that fact one iota.”
He continued: “If you don’t like living by these American rules, then you need to go to the time-out room in any one of your Towers, sit there, and think about what you’ve said….We are all Muslim, deal with it.”
During his campaign trail, Trump called for a ‘total and complete’ block on all Muslims entering the US and an end to Muslim immigration into the country.
Trump – the current frontrunner among Republican candidates seeking the party nomination for the presidency of the United States – is a man who is not afraid to voice his views.
Speaking previously, he said: “Our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.”
In the letter, Moore reminded Trump that the US today is no longer a country of ‘angry white guys’; that supporters have become more diverse and that ‘fortunately’ the US no longer looks like Trump or his supporters.
Addressing Trump, Moore continued: “Here’s a statistic that is going to make your hair spin: 81 percent of the electorate who will pick the president next year are either female, people of colour, or young people between the ages of 18 and 35… In other words, not you [or] the people who want you leading their country.”
Moore went on to say that he was raised to believe in equality of people as brothers and sisters, regardless of race, colour and religion.
Moore is known for his documentary films that criticise the war in Iraq, US gun laws, globalisation and the US healthcare system.
He is a multi-award winner, and has received an Academy Award for ‘Bowling for Columbine’ – the 2002 film that explored what happened during the Columbine high school massacre in Colorado.