Michael Moore is making the rounds to promote his incendiary new documentary “Fahrenheit: 11/9”, which takes a scathing look at Donald Trump’s road to the White House and the ensuing controversial presidency.
Debuting the film at the Toronto Film Festival, Moore discussed his latest documentary with ET Canada’s Roz Weston, who asked the filmmaker about a particular section of the film that explores the disturbing sexual comments that Trump has continually made about daughter Ivanka.
“Do you know more than we know,” asked Weston, “or are you just seeing what we see?”
“I’m seeing what you see,” explained Moore, “although I’m not making a joke out of it. I don’t think child abuse is a joke.”
Moore then made a shocking claim: “Ivanka may have been a victim here.”
“Let me put it this way: if I were a teacher in a public school, and a 13-year-old student of mine, a girl, came to me and said, ‘My dad, every time he describes me he says I’m voluptuous, and he tells people if I wasn’t his daughter he’d be dating me.’ When someone asked him what he most had in common with Ivanka and he said, ‘sex,’ if a 13-year-old student in the United States — and I’m pretty sure you have the same laws in Canada — came and told you that as a teacher, or showed you a picture of her on his lap where she’s having to kiss him, as a minor, you are required by the law to turn that over to Child Protective Services, to law enforcement,” Moore explained.
“If you as a teacher don’t do that, you could be arrested,” he added. “That’s how strict we’ve made the laws to protect our children. Why was he given a pass? Because he did it [in full view]. He did it on TV, he did it on ‘Howard Stern’, allowed magazines to take pictures of her on his lap and kissing and all this. And the handsy thing, that’s always too low on the hips and always too high on the chest — as a child. As a child.”
Asked if he’s looking forward to Trump’s response to the film’s examination of his relationship with Ivanka, Moore responded, “I’m not looking forward to it. I hope he has a response because I think it’s one piece of what makes him a truly evil person.”
The difference between Trump “and other people who do evil is that he has always been upfront about his behaviour. He does it in public, he breaks the law in public, he discriminates against black people in public.”
“What dad do you know that describes his minor child as ‘voluptuous’? Or if she wasn’t his daughter, he’d be doing this to her. Who talks like that?” asked Moore incredulously.
“That’s who we’ve elected as president of the United States. At a base level — I don’t even want to call it immorality, there’s a total lack of any morality. He’s an amoral person. He lacks empathy. He lacks morality. He lacks a conscience. And that makes him extremely dangerous.”
ET Canada has contacted the White House for a response from the president about Moore’s characterization of Trump’s relationship with his daughter.