Michael Moore torches Trump during CNN town hall

Filmmaker Michael Moore called President-elect Donald Trump a "malignant narcissist" during a CNN town hall program on Tuesday night.

Moore was a guest on "The Messy Truth," a program covering the state of US politics after the presidential election and hosted by CNN commentator Van Jones.

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 10: Michael Moore poses at the opening night after party for 'Michael Moore: The Terms Of My Surrender' on Broadway at Bryant Park Grill on August 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

Today I went & stood in front of Trump Tower & held a sign until the police came. Then I went home & wrote Donald a letter. Here it is:

Dear Donald Trump:

You may remember (you do, after all, have a "perfect memory!"), that we met back in November of 1998 in the green room of a talk show where we were both scheduled to appear one afternoon. But just before going on, I was pulled aside by a producer from the show who said that you were "nervous" about being on the set with me. She said you didn't want to be "ripped apart" and you wanted to be reassured I wouldn't "go after you."

"Does he think I'm going to tackle him and put him in a choke hold?" I asked, bewildered.

"No," the producer replied, "he just seems all jittery about you."

"Huh. I've never met the guy. There's no reason for him to be scared," I said. "I really don't know much about him other than he seems to like his name on stuff. I'll talk to him if you want me to."

And so, as you may remember, I did. I went up and introduced myself to you. "The producer says you're worried I might say or do something to you during the show. Hey, no offense, but I barely know who you are. I'm from Michigan. Please don't worry -- we're gonna get along just fine!"

You seemed relieved, then leaned in and said to me, "I just didn't want any trouble out there and I just wanted to make sure that, you know, you and I got along. That you weren't going to pick on me for something ridiculous."

"Pick on" you? I thought, where are we, in 3rd grade? I was struck by how you, a self-described tough guy from Queens, seemed like such a fraidey-cat.

You and I went on to do the show. Nothing untoward happened between us. I didn't pull on your hair, didn't put gum on your seat. "What a wuss," was all I remember thinking as I left the set.

And now, here we are in 2015 and, like many other angry white guys, you are frightened by a bogeyman who is out to get you. That bogeyman, in your mind, are all Muslims. Not just the ones who have killed, but ALL MUSLIMS.

Fortunately, Donald, you and your supporters no longer look like what America actually is today. We are not a country of angry white guys. Here's a statistic that is going to make your hair spin: Eighty-one percent of the electorate who will pick the president next year are either female, people of color, or young people between the ages of 18 and 35. In other words, not you. And not the people who want you leading their country.

So, in desperation and insanity, you call for a ban on all Muslims entering this country. I was raised to believe that we are all each other's brother and sister, regardless of race, creed or color. That means if you want to ban Muslims, you are first going to have to ban me. And everyone else.

We are all Muslim.

Just as we are all Mexican, we are all Catholic and Jewish and white and black and every shade in between. We are all children of God (or nature or whatever you believe in), part of the human family, and nothing you say or do can change that fact one iota. If you don't like living by these American rules, then you need to go to the time-out room in any one of your Towers, sit there, and think about what you've said.

And then leave the rest of us alone so we can elect a real president who is both compassionate and strong -- at least strong enough not to be all whiny and scared of some guy in a ballcap from Michigan sitting next to him on a talk show couch. You're not so tough, Donny, and I'm glad I got to see the real you up close and personal all those years ago.

We are all Muslim. Deal with it.

All my best,
Michael Moore

P.S. I'm asking everyone who reads this letter to go here (http://michaelmoore.com/weareallmuslim), and sign the following statement: "WE ARE ALL MUSLIM" -- and then post a photo of yourself holding a homemade sign saying "WE ARE ALL MUSLIM" on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag ‪#‎WeAreAllMuslim‬. I will post all the photos on my site and send them to you, Mr. Trump. Feel free to join us.

P.P.S. - To sign my statement for #WeAreAllMuslim, go here on my website: http://michaelmoore.com/weareallmuslim

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 10: (L-R) Rosie O'Donnell, Kathy Najimy, Christie Brinkley and Michael Moore walk in a parade of celebration to the opening night party for 'Michael Moore: 'The Terms Of My Surrender' on Broadway at The Belasco Theatre to Bryant Park Grill on August 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 10: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Michael Moore and Al Sharpton chat backstage at the opening night of 'Michael Moore: 'The Terms Of My Surrender' on Broadway at The Belasco Theatre on August 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 10: Michael Moore takes his Opening Night bow for 'Michael Moore: 'The Terms Of My Surrender' on Broadway at The Belasco Theatre on August 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15: Mark Ruffalo, Marisa Tomei and Fisher Stevens join Michael Moore as he leads his Broadway audience to Trump Tower to protest President Donald Trump on August 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for for DKC/O&M)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 571 -- Pictured: (l-r) Filmmaker Michael Moore talks with host Seth Meyers during an interview on August 17, 2017 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 10: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Michael Moore and Christie Brinkley pose backstage at the opening night of 'Michael Moore: 'The Terms Of My Surrender' on Broadway at The Belasco Theatre on August 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15: Olivia Wilde joins Michael Moore as he leads his Broadway audience to Trump Tower to protest President Donald Trump on August 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for for DKC/O&M)
Film maker Michael Moore poses with the Palme d'Or at the Palais de Festival during the 57th Cannes Film Festival in France. The top prize was awarded to Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, a scathing indictment of White House actions after the September 11 terror attacks. It is the first documentary to win Cannes' prestigious prize since Jacques Cousteau's The Silent World in 1956.
Michael Moore arrives for the premiere of the new film 'Aviator' at the Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Directed by Martin Scorcese, the film tells the story of avition pioneer Howard Hughes.
AP OUT Michael Moore attends a photo call for his new film Sicko, at the Palais de Festival during the 60th annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.
AP OUT Michael Moore attends a photo call for his new film Sicko, at the Palais de Festival during the 60th annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.
Writer/director Michael Moore attends the 'Captain Mike Across America' press conference during the Toronto International Film Festival 2007 held at the Sutton Place Hotel.
Michael Moore speaks during an interview at the site of his one-man Broadway show at the Belasco Theatre in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 17, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Michael Moore poses for a portrait at the site of his one-man Broadway show at the Belasco Theatre in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 17, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15: Michael Moore leads his Broadway audience to Trump Tower to protest President Donald Trump on August 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for for DKC/O&M)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 10: Michael Moore attends 'The Terms Of My Surrender' Broadway Opening Night - After Party at Bryant Park Grill on August 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Michael Moore during a photocall for his new film, Sicko, at the Palais De Festival, during the 60th International Cannes Film Festival in France. Picture date Saturday May 19, 2007. Photo by Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
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During a segment on jobs and the economy, an audience member expressed gratitude for Trump's apparent moves to cut deals with companies — ostensibly to protect American jobs. The man said, "No other politician in my lifetime has ever brought this issue to the forefront, and the fact of the matter is we do get screwed on trade."

Moore responded to the man: "And when [Trump] doesn't follow through, when he doesn't get rid of NAFTA, when you're still screwed in Michigan five months from now, two years from now — where are you gonna be then on this issue?"

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Van Jones interrupted, challenging Moore's assertion that Trump would not follow through on some campaign promises.

Moore replied, "There's nothing in his behavior. The man is, first of all, a malignant narcissist, and he's only about himself, folks. And you're about to see that happen."

Groans could be heard off-camera.

The audience member got the last word: "You could say the same about Hillary Clinton."

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