Michael Moore to 'Shocked' Democrats: You Weren't Paying Attention

Filmmaker's 'Morning After To-Do List' is going viral
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2016 8:46 PM CST
Updated Nov 10, 2016 5:33 AM CST
Michael Moore Pens 'Morning After To-Do List' for Democrats
In this May 16, 2016, file photo, Michael Moore attends the 20th Annual Webby Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.   (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – On Wednesday, filmmaker and activist Michael Moore penned a "Morning After To-Do List" for Democrats that has, as of Thursday morning, been shared more than 180,000 times, liked more than 350,000 times, and commented on more than 18,000 times. Item No. 1? "Take over the Democratic Party and return it to the people." Moore also says Democrats must fire the pundits, pollsters, and members of the media who refused to let go of a narrative about the election that proved to be incorrect, force aside any Democratic members of Congress who aren't ready to fight, and remind everyone they meet that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. His No. 4 item, however, might come as a surprise to Democrats who are posting their own status updates on social media about how "shocked" or "stunned" they are at this outcome.

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"What you mean to say is that you were in a bubble and weren't paying attention to your fellow Americans and their despair," Moore writes. "YEARS of being neglected by both parties, the anger and the need for revenge against the system only grew." Then Trump came along and promised to destroy that system. "Trump's victory is no surprise. He was never a joke. Treating him as one only strengthened him." As the Independent points out, Moore predicted a Trump presidency in his surprise film, Michael Moore in TrumpLand, for those same reasons: Working-class middle Americans have lost their jobs, houses, and cars; they have terrible health care plans; they're angry. "On Nov. 8, the dispossessed will walk into the voting booth … and put a big f---ing X in the box next to the name of the man who has threatened to upend and overturn the very system that ruined their lives: Donald J. Trump." (A rare few analysts got the election correct.)

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