Liberal activist and documentary filmmaker Michael Moore responded Monday to the purported “minimization” of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., by slamming her critics as “privileged,” old “white people.”
The 64-year-old Moore, a white man, is reportedly worth $50 million.
Responding to comments made Sunday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in which she downplayed the significance of the socialist and radically progressive faction of the Democratic party informally led by Ocasio-Cortez, Moore accused the veteran lawmaker of refusing to make way for young, minority upstarts.
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“White people,” Moore tweeted in a reply to Time editor Anand Giridharadas. “Nobody likes giving up power. And they never see the writing on the wall.”
“The new day arrives and no one has the heart to tell them they and their old tired privileged ways are over,” the “Bowling for Columbine” director added.
White people. Nobody likes giving up power. And they never see the writing on the wall. The new day arrives and no one has the heart to tell them they and their old tired privileged ways are over. https://t.co/jAGjzEjLgp
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) April 15, 2019
“So you are contending with a group in Congress: Over here on the left flank are these self-described socialists, on the right, these moderates,” CBS correspondent Leslie Stahl asked Pelosi during a “60 Minutes” interview. “And you yourself said that you’re the only one who can unify everybody. And the question is can you?”
Pelosi replied, “By and large, whatever orientation they came to Congress with, they know that we have to hold the center. That we have to be m– go down the mainstream.”
“They know that?” Stahl pushed.
“They do,” Pelosi averred.
“But it doesn’t look like that. It looks as if it’s fractured,” Stahl said. “You have these wings, AOC and her group on one side –”
Pelosi interrupted: “That’s like five people.”
Giridharadas slammed the House Speaker for the segment, contrasting her reluctance to impeach President Donald Trump with her attitude toward Ocasio-Cortez and “other women of color.”
“Nancy Pelosi doesn’t think it’s important to impeach an authoritarian president who threatens American liberty, but she does think it’s important to minimize AOC and other women of color who won extraordinary victories to Congress as ‘like five people,'” he tweeted.
In an era where a significant portion of the political rhetoric on the left is dominated by appeals to identity politics and woke-ness, the apparent irony of Moore, a wealthy and powerful white man, calling out the privilege of a fellow white person is not uncommon.
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