Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore came under fire on Saturday after he decried white people on social media and cheered for the “last days of white rule.”
“Trump’s America: The last days of White rule. It’s always a b**ch to have to give up power you’ve held for 300 years,” Moore wrote.
Moore’s tweet came on the same day that violent protests were ongoing in Charlottesville, Virginia. Clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters led to dozens of injures and at least one death after a man drove his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counter-protesters.
Moore’s tweet came with a link to a news story about that crash, which Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has labeled “domestic terrorism.”
The violence began on Saturday after white supremacists held a rally in Charlottesville. They were protesting the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Ever since a shooting at a church in Charleston in 2015 that was fueled by extreme racism, there has been a push to remove figures from society that glorify the racist past of the American South.
Moore is a diehard liberal and ardent opponent of President Donald Trump. In his eyes, Saturday’s violence and the recent re-awakening in American society about the prominence of racism is leading to the end of “white rule.”
The comment was widely rebuked on social media, even by people that have the same beliefs and values as Moore:
*Update* GavinM91 does not have the same values as Michael Moore. 😛
— GavinM91 (@gavin_m91) September 4, 2017
A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder for allegedly driving his car into the protesters.