Donald Trump Takes Aim at Michael Moore's "Total Bomb" Broadway Show
The president on Saturday evening took a shot on Twitter at the filmmaker, who hurled the criticism right back at Trump.
President Donald Trump has set his sights on a new target: filmmaker and Trump critic Michael Moore.
Trump tweets: "While not at all presidential I must point out that the Sloppy Michael Moore Show on Broadway was a TOTAL BOMB and was forced to close. Sad!"
Trump criticized the liberal activist on Saturday, several days after Moore's one-man show, The Terms of My Surrender, concluded its limited 12-week Broadway run at the Belasco Theatre on its scheduled Oct. 22 closing date. Saying the production was "forced to close" is a distortion. Moore recently announced plans to take the show on the road in an American tour next summer, presumably with updated material to reflect current events at that time.
The anti-Trump show examined America's current political and cultural landscape, as well as the personal history that led to Moore becoming an activist.
"Therapy for liberals" is how The Hollywood Reporter critic Frank Scheck described the show in his review, going on to call Moore "a warmly funny and engaging raconteur, presiding over an evening of surprising emotional depth." Among Moore's most impassioned subjects was the water crisis in his hometown of Flint, Michigan, and the shocking health statistics resulting from that ongoing environmental contamination.
In August, Moore led the show's audience to Trump Tower in New York to protest the president's reaction to deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Despite a standing invitation from Moore and a special flag-draped seating box kept vacant at the theater during every performance for the current White House occupant, Trump did not attend the show during its run.
Moore responded to Trump's tweet later on Saturday evening, saying, "You must have my smash hit of a Broadway show confused with your presidency — which IS a total bomb and WILL indeed close early. NOT SAD."
Capping off a subsequent series of tweets concerning the more pressing issues Trump was neglecting while focusing on his show, Moore added, "On Broadway, Donald, they call it a "LIMITED ENGAGEMENT" — just like we're planning on making your presidency."
Oct. 28, 7:09 p.m. Updated with Moore's response.