11:08am PT by Katherine Schaffstall
Michael Moore Says FBI Visited Him Over Mail Bomb Suspect's Research on Filmmaker
Michael Moore opened up about being a prospective target of the alleged Florida mail bomber on Thursday's episode of Late Night.
Host Seth Meyers explained that the van owned by the man accused of sending multiple explosive devices to media outlets and Democratic politicians had images of a number of people with crosshairs on them, including the documentary filmmaker.
"I was watching CNN live and all of a sudden there was my picture on his van. Honestly, I have to say my first thought was, 'That's a really good picture,'" he said. "My second thought was the bull's-eye, the target he put on me, wasn't over my face. It was just down here, like on my neck and shoulder. So I gave him a little bit of credit, but not really."
Moore added that law enforcement officials also contacted him about the suspected bomber. "The FBI knocked on my door," he said. "This is a couple days after they caught him and they said, 'We need to talk to you because we've gone through the van and through his laptop and there was an abundance of research he had done on you, and he had all this material on you in his van and on his computer and frankly we're kind of surprised. We assume that one of the bombs was coming to you because of what he had in the van, and we can't seem to find it.'"
"And then the other FBI guy made some joke about the Postal Service," Moore added.
He also discussed his recent meeting with the pope. "I went to the weekly audience and he asked to speak to me privately. It was an amazing moment and I asked him if I could ask him a question and he said, 'Yes.'"
Moore told Meyers that he asked if he believes that an economic system that benefits the wealthy at the expense of the majority is a sin. "He said to me, 'Si' in Italian," he said. "I said, 'So you believe capitalism, the kind of capitalism we have now, is a sin?' He goes, 'Yes, it is.' He said, 'The poor must always come first.'"
The filmmaker added that the Pope asked him to pray for him. "I said, 'I will and please pray for me' and he said, 'No, you have to make more movies.' And I'm like, 'I just wanted a prayer.'"
Later in the interview, Moore discussed the upcoming midterm elections. After explaining that he won't be in his home state of Michigan on Election Day, he whipped out his absentee ballot and filled it out onstage.
"I know everybody on this ballot," he said as he filled it out. The audience applauded when he shared that 550 teachers across the country are in the running for state house or state representative.
Moore also said that "the largest political party" are the non-voters. He added that he doesn't like to "shame them or wag your finger at them" for not voting.
"I think you should listen to them and find out why they're not voting," he said. "I'm guessing that most people that don't vote — that stay at home — do it because they've given up. The system has failed them. They don’t see any difference between the candidates. It's the same old hacks running and so they stay home and I'm gonna guess that the majority of non-voters deeply love their country and are deeply patriotic and it's gotta be very hard for them, Seth, to stay home and not participate and I think they'd love to participate."
"What I say to them this year is there are so many people on the ballot this time that are not the party hacks," he said. Moore added that some jobs of the candidates include working as a chicken farmer, bus driver and librarian. "Normal people are running this time. A lot of them are women. A lot of them are young people. And I think, if any non-voter is watching this, I'd say give it a shot just this one time. Show up just this one time. I think you'll be surprised by who's on the ballot and we can throw all the bastards out."
Meyers asked what Moore thinks will happen in the upcoming election. The filmmaker criticized some Democrats for being too confident. He explained that everyone was convinced Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 presidential election, which influenced some people to stay home.
"You got to quit this predicting nonsense and you just got to do your job as a citizen. Everybody's got to get off the bench this time," he said. Moore added that Steve Bannon believes that the Republicans will win on Tuesday and will keep the House by one seat. "Anybody who doesn't trust that, please remember that Donald Trump outsmarted us. He outsmarted us in 2016 and won the White House by losing the election. That takes a certain kind of evil genius to figure that out."
"Don't think for a second that come Tuesday, they don't have every intention of holding onto the House and the Senate. And they are good at what they do, and you should respect the fact that they are able to get away with this," he said about the Republicans.
Moore added that he is part of Trump's main demographic because he's an angry white man that's over 50. "So if I could just speak to my fellow angry white American guys who are semi-uneducated like me. Dudes, give it up. We've been running the show for 10,000 years. It's like, we've had a long run as men running everything," he said. "Why don't we just take a break? Let the majority gender run the show."
"The majority are with us. The majority believe in the liberal agenda. Every poll shows this," he said. "Whether it's climate change, equal pay for women, raising the minimum wage. The majority of Americans agree with all those things should happen and we've got to trust that and start to feel that we have the power, but we have to exercise it on Tuesday."