Filmmaker Michael Moore on Sunday released footage he shot of mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc in February 2017 and said that the President Trump enthusiast seemed “overdosed on steroids in what looks like some desperate attempt to hang on to what was left of his manhood.”
In a Sunday afternoon Instagram post, Moore said his crew first encountered Sayoc in Melbourne, Fla., a month after Trump’s inauguration to film the president’s first “Trump 2020 Re-election Rally.”
Moore, who released the anti-Trump doc “Fahrenheit 11/9” documentary last month, said that he told his crew not to film Trump and instead only cover the people who came out to see him.
“Our footage of Mr. Sayoc would never make it into the final cut of what would be the film that is now in its last week in cinemas across America,” Moore wrote in his post. “But I’d like to share it with you, if only to give you a momentary glimpse of him in action (all are free to use this video and share it).
“You’ve seen the photos of him on the news over the past couple days — a slight, normal, everyday American. But those are from before. Here with our footage I can show you what he had actually become — overdosed on steroids in what looks like some desperate attempt to hang on to what was left of his manhood.”
Moore sized up the crowd attending the rally, saying that Trump has told his supporters that they are “at war against” those who believe — among many things — that climate change is real and that women have the “absolute right to control their own reproductive organs.”
“Cesar and his bros ARE at war, against all these things, against us, the majority, and they are at war inside of and against themselves,” Moore wrote. “This is why they will lose, but not before they take a few of us with them.”
A picture of Moore with crosshairs over his face was pasted to the side of Sayoc’s van. Moore said in a statement released Friday that “the threat of right-wing violence against figures on the American left is not new. … It is not a violation of norms. It IS the norm.”
Moore added in part, “Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel and right-wing radio have preyed upon those who’ve seen their American Dream go up in smoke, and they have helped to create a generation of angry and violent conspiracy theorists who will believe any lie that is perpetrated on those airwaves. These angry right wing men have been openly encouraged to act on those lies, even as late as this very morning when Trump was tweeting his doubts that the bombs were real.”
You can read Moore’s lengthy post by clicking here.
Watch the never-before seen three-minute-38-seconds of raw footage above.