Michael Moore, the multi-millionaire socialist filmmaker best known for losing a bunch of weight, could not contain his anguish over the recent campaign spat between Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.).
In the most recent episode of Moore's podcast, Rumble, the filmmaker lamented "the sad downfall of Elizabeth Warren" and expressed his despair and disbelief that the candidate would promote such a "malicious lie" about Sanders.
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"Any of us who have known Bernie forever know automatically, we don't even have to hear him denying it, that there's no way he would say this because there's no way he thinks that," said Moore, who recalled being "paralyzed" earlier this week after reading the CNN report accusing Sanders of telling Warren he did not think a woman could be president.
"After almost 48 hours of this, and after watching the debate last night, I just felt like a knife in my heart," Moore said. "I'm not angry about this, I'm just really sad. These are two people that I know and love, and one of them [Warren] decided to take the pin out of a hand grenade and throw it at this other good person [Sanders]."
Moore described Warren, who has appeared in a number of his anti-capitalist documentaries, as someone he holds in "very high esteem" and has long viewed as an "intellectual, spiritual guru of all the things that are wrong with capitalism." Upon seeing the CNN report, Moore said he had assumed Warren would quickly apologize and refute the story, and was shocked when Warren released a "disingenuous" statement "continuing the lie."
At one point, Moore discussed what he would say to Warren directly about the controversy.
"Why are you doing this, so you can win?" he said. "Well, I have news for you and anybody else running on the Democratic side. This isn't about you winning. This isn't about you gaining this office. This is about us. This is about removing Trump."
Moore, who officially endorsed Sanders in October at a rally in New York alongside Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), went on to criticize Warren's tendency to "embellish the truth" for political gain—from her false claims of Native American heritage to falsely describing her father as a "janitor." The filmmaker even discussed the Washington Free Beacon‘s reporting on Warren's false claim that she sent her children to public school.
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Elizabeth & Bernie have appeared in my films. I love them both. Why Elizabeth chose to stick a knife in Bernie’s back is beyond me. At a time when job #1 is to remove Trump, how did this help? My new RUMBLE podcast "The Sad Downfall of Elizabeth Warren." https://t.co/uFwOFNka9U
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 15, 2020