In an Instagram post on Sunday, filmmaker Michael Moore released footage of the suspected mail bomber, Cesar Sayoc, attending a Trump rally, just one month after Trump’s inauguration. Moore and his crew were shooting for their film Fahrenheit 11/9, the goal of which was to shed light on the people who supported Trump. That’s why he told his crew he only wanted footage of the people in the crowd, not the president himself.
Moore writes in his Instagram post: “Who we needed to understand were our fellow Americans, lost souls full of anger and possible violence, easily fed a pile of lies so large and toxic that we wondered if there would ever be a chance that we could bring them back from the Dark Side.”
Fahrenheit 11/9 is still in theaters, though the footage of Sayoc never made it into the film. Watch Sayoc in the clip below, beginning around the 45-second mark.
This glimpse into Sayoc’s life lines up entirely with what we know about him now. In the footage, he’s shown brandishing a sign alluding to CNN and Hillary Clinton working together against Trump. If not for the sign, he might go unnoticed in the sea of other middle-aged men. The attendees chant, “shame,” “tell the truth” and, of course, “CNN sucks.”
Describing the scene, Moore recalls Trump telling his supporters that they should fear those who believe in climate change and providing women the right to their bodies. Whether it was Sayoc or not, someone certainly believes that—so much that they felt the need to attack.
My crew first encountered Cesar Sayoc, the mail bomber/terrorist, 20 months ago when we went down to Melbourne, Florida, to film Trump’s first “Trump 2020 Re-election Rally” — just one month after his inauguration. My direction to my producer Basel Hamdan and our longtime collaborator Eric Weinrib was to NOT film Trump, but rather only film the people who came out to see him. My feeling was, after one month in office, we didn’t need to hear anything more from Trump’s mouth — we already knew everything we needed to know about him. Who we needed to understand were our fellow Americans, lost souls full of anger and possible violence, easily fed a pile of lies so large and toxic that we wondered if there would ever be a chance that we could bring them back from the Dark Side. Our footage of Mr. Sayoc would never make it into the final cut of what would be the film that is now in its last week in cinemas across America. But I’d like to share it with you, if only to give you a momentary glimpse of him in action (all are free to use this video and share it). You’ve seen the photos of him on the news over the past couple days- a slight, normal, everyday American. But those are from before. Here with our footage I can show you what he had actually become — overdosed on steroids in what looks like some desperate attempt to hang on to what was left of his manhood. Men, people like Cesar have been led to believe, were and are under attack by the likes of Hillary and Michelle and all those “feminazis” who’ve had but one mission: political castration. The theft of power from the patriarchy that had been in place for 10,000 years. The end of men…[1/3]
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