Watch Michael Moore Explode in Iowa When Dems Change Rules to Help Billionaire Bloomberg Beat Bernie
Opinion // Raymond Draper: Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore exploded in Iowa at a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) while discussing how the Democratic Party removed debate requirements to allow the white billionaire New York candidate Michael Bloomberg to appear during the next party debate.
Believe me, the Dems do Not want Bernie Sanders to be their nominee, just like they did in 2016 and just like 2016, they are in the process of stealing it from him. They changed the rules then to hand it to Hillary Clinton and now they’re giving Michael Bloomberg a YUGE exception to get him on the debate stage in clear violation of their own rules!
This didn’t sit too well with Michael Moore and the DNC did not particularly like what Michael had to say about it. (scroll down for epic rant)
If you are a supporter of Bernie Sanders or if you’re just a supporter of a fair election where everyone’s vote counts – let me tell you something: The Democrat Party officially could not care less about us. They pick their candidate and make sure that candidate wins – end of story. Bernie will not get the nomination and that is the bottom line.
But don’t take my word for it:
“He can just buy his way onto the debate and I got to tell what’s so disgusting about this,” Moore yelled. “He doesn’t have to show he has any support amongst the American people.”
The DNC announced it would waive its requirements candidates demonstrate widespread grassroots support to participate in primary debates, thus clearing the way for the self-funded Bloomberg. Moore’s outburst came after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced that it was changing the debate rules in a manner that benefited Bloomberg.
The New York Times reported:
The D.N.C. announced Friday that in order to participate in the debate, set for Feb. 19 in Las Vegas, a candidate must win at least a single delegate in either the Iowa caucuses or the New Hampshire primary or meet polling requirements.
It has eliminated the requirement that candidates must have received donations from hundreds of thousands of individuals. Mr. Bloomberg, a multibillionaire, is running a self-funded campaign and is not soliciting donations.
The changes, which represent the most significant tightening of debate requirements this cycle, set off a fresh and pointed round of criticism at a critical moment in the race, as several campaigns braced for the reality check that the Iowa caucuses will provide. And the edict from party officials, which some saw as a concession to Mr. Bloomberg, quickly reignited concerns among those who believe the D.N.C.’s shifting rules for the debates privilege some candidates and campaigns over others.
Michael Moore seems to know what is going on and he wants you to know. So do I:
“I watched the debate in Iowa here two weeks ago — the all white debate — and the fact that the Democratic, the DNC will not allow Cory Booker on that stage, will not allow Julian Castro on that stage, but they are going to allow Mike Bloomberg on the stage?” Moore roared. “Because he has a billion f*cking dollars!”
The crowd went wild, and Moore continued using profanity throughout his remarks.
Michael Moore (@MMFlint) explodes at the @DNC just now at a Bernie rally in Clive, Iowa: “The DNC will not allow Cory Booker on that stage, will not allow Julian Castro … but they’re going to allow Mike Bloomberg because HE HAS A BILLION F*CKING DOLLARS?!" pic.twitter.com/76ChQRsKgN
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 1, 2020
Bloomberg campaign manager Kevin Sheekey responded to the changes by saying, “We are thrilled that voters could soon have the chance to see Mike Bloomberg on the debate stage, hear his vision for the country, and see why he is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump and bring our country together. Mike has run for office three times and never taken a dime from special interests, allowing him to act independently, on the merits, without having to do what donors expect. He is proud to be doing the same with this campaign.”
The Sanders campaign responded by telling The New York Times: “To now change the rules in the middle of the game to accommodate Mike Bloomberg, who is trying to buy his way into the Democratic nomination, is wrong. That’s the definition of a rigged system.”
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren responded in a similar manner, writing on Twitter, “The DNC didn’t change the rules to ensure good, diverse candidates could remain on the debate stage. They shouldn’t change the rules to let a billionaire on. Billionaires shouldn’t be allowed to play by different rules—on the debate stage, in our democracy, or in our government.”
The DNC didn’t change the rules to ensure good, diverse candidates could remain on the debate stage. They shouldn’t change the rules to let a billionaire on. Billionaires shouldn't be allowed to play by different rules—on the debate stage, in our democracy, or in our government.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) January 31, 2020