Michael Moore Calls for "Army of Satire," Warns Against Trump "Distractions"
The documentarian also praised Melissa McCarthy for leading the way and "taking down the first Trump administration official" with her satire of Sean Spicer on 'SNL.'
Michael Moore warned Americans against President Trump's daily "distractions" when appearing on The Late Show on Wednesday night, the same day the president tweeted that he's decided to ban transgender people from serving in the military.
Moore, who was on the late-night staple to promote his Broadway show The Terms of My Surrender, first commented on Trump's latest controversial tweet before calling for Stephen Colbert, his audience and the general public to join his "army of satire" to take down the president.
"What's so disgusting about this is if you are transgender trying to get by in this society," said Moore, "I couldn't think of any more brave people to have defending this country."
When asked what the transgender people currently serving in the military should do now, Moore responded: "Oh, they should refuse to leave. Just say, 'We're not going anywhere. Come get us.' Let him go."
Last summer, Moore warned the public through an open letter on his website that Trump may win the election, based on what he saw in his home state of Michigan. Now that his warning has become reality, Colbert asked Moore whether the Trump administration has exceeded his expectations.
"I am amazed," Moore told the host. "I knew we would get hit a lot by all the things he was going to do, [but] I did not expect a daily, hourly, fire hose of shit in our face. I mean, it's just one thing after another."
"You do want to read the news with a snorkel," Colbert added.
Moore stressed that Trump's tweets and declarations like his transgender military ban are "distractions" meant to get people to look away from larger political decisions affecting Americans on a day-to-day basis.
"What has been amazing is that while he obviously gets distracted," said Moore, "he also, though, has his shiny keys we get distracted by. So he goes off on Mika and Joe or whatever the tweet is that morning, and then later in the day he's doing something to our national parks or is ending funding to keep the Great Lakes clean."
"We have to make sure we don't get distracted too much by his shiny keys and stay on top of this. It's a lot of work."
On his Broadway show, Moore said that it comes down to this: "I refuse to live in a country where Donald Trump is president, and I'm not leaving. So something's got to change."
"We have to form an army of citizens and come at him like a swarm of bees. I suggested a few months ago that we have an army of satire, because I think the way to bring him down is satire," he said, praising Melissa McCarthy for her Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live. "She's taken down the first Trump administration official … with satire!"
Watch the interview below.