Social activist and documentary filmmaker Michael Moore (Roger & Me, Capitalism: A Love Story, Sicko, and Bowling for Columbine) took to Instagram to share some footage of Cesar Sayoc, the man allegedly responsible for mailing pipe bombs to prominent Democrats. Sayoc can be seen along with other Trump supporters chanting,”CNN sucks,” “Take our country back,” and, “Freedom! Freedom!”
Moore’s film crew shot the footage in Melbourne, Florida, at a Trump rally for Moore’s 2018 documentary on the aftermath of the 2016 election, Fahrenheit 11/9.
Moore wrote, in part:
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.
Moore released the unseen footage on YouTube. Sayoc appears around the 45-second mark.
In the past few hours, my crew and I have realized that Cesar Sayoc plastering my picture with a bullseye on it on his van was NOT our first encounter with him. We actually filmed him in 2017…https://t.co/wBfjBNMZ0O
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) October 28, 2018
Moore’s followers found the mob disturbing.
These idiots percolate in the dark until they feel allowed to act. The current political climate gave him the green light. And we are still debating IF trump’s rhetoric during his ‘rallies’ are to be blamed???
— Chicca (@chiccablueyes) October 28, 2018
Wow! I’ve never watched more than a couple seconds of a Trump rally—literally can’t stomach it. This is just disturbing and sad and disgusting.
— Beth Hollenbeck (@Hollenbeck_Girl) October 28, 2018
This definitely shows how desperately we need better public education in the US. Also more education on the benefits of folic acid during and prior to pregnancy.
— Me (@Elizabe19137796) October 28, 2018
That footage is absolutely terrifying. I can’t imagine what the journalists forced to travel and cover Trumps rallies must be feeling.
— Nasty Woman (@dlryan532) October 28, 2018
Looks like a mob to me.
— Krista Sparks (@KristaSparks95) October 28, 2018
My question is, which of these people is the NEXT bomber or shooter? Seething with hatred and filled with delusions, how far will they go?
— Kim (Zaiman) Talise (@kzaiman) October 28, 2018
I’m ashamed that these people breathe the same oxygen that I breathe.
— Hockey Rob (@HockeyRobThough) October 28, 2018
— Jeff Palmeri (@Jeffpalmeri) October 29, 2018
Watch the official Fahrenheit 11/9 trailer here.
We are living in scary times.