Donald Trump’s comments about the violence at the Charlottesville rally and his inability to condemn neo-Nazis involved has caused a deluge of criticism from many on social media, and now filmmaker Michael Moore is taking it to the streets. Earlier this evening after his one-man Broadway show The Terms of My Surrender, he invited the audience to join him in a protest at Trump Tower in New York.
Moore teased the field trip in a tweet earlier in the day along with a special surprise guest at his show.
He later tweeted and directly said he was going to visit 45.
Previous guests at Moore’s show included Bryan Cranston, Gloria Steinem, Maxine Waters and Morgan Spurlock. It’s assumed that the surprise guest he was referring to was Mark Ruffalo as the civic-minded actor who has been very vocal about Trump joined him and the audience on a trip to Trump Tower.
After the show, buses took audience members who were provided with show-sponsored signs for the demonstration. Also joining Moore and Ruffalo was actress Olivia Wilde who is currently starring in the Broadway play 1984, which is playing in the neighboring Hudson Theatre. Ruffalo posted a video of him and Moore during the event while Wilde posted a photo of her and 1984 castmate Tom Sturridge with “#RESIST” signs. The Big Sick star Zoe Kazan also attended the the demonstration, which was also a candlelight vigil for Heather Heyer, who died amidst the violence of the Charlottesville rally.
Heading to Trump Tower for a candle light vigil for Heather Heyer who was murdered by an Alt Right American Nazi. Some of the comments below seem to reflect a kind of willful ignorance to who the Alt Right Neo Nazi movement is and what they believe. This is them in their own words. https://news.vice.com/story/vice-news-tonight-full-episode-charlottesville-race-and-terror
The cast that #resists together, impeaches the maniacal dickhead together. Our theatre is next door to Michael Moore's, and we all hopped on a bus after our shows to protest in front of Trump Tower. (Tom is English but is horrified on our behalf and added his voice to the mic checks like a real New Yorker.) Thank you @michaelfmoore for making this happen. #1984 #TermsOfMySurrender
During a press conference today, Trump addressed questions in regards to Charlottesville saying “There is blame on both sides. … I have no doubt about it – and you don’t have any doubt about it either.” Moore, along with many others, reacted to the comments that were in line with those Trump made immediately after the events when he put the blame “on many sides.”
Moore’s debut Broadway show The Terms of My Surrender is currently playing at the Belasco Theatre and runs through October 22. True to Moore’s brand, the show is a one-man show with the polarizing filmmaker using satirical humor to make commentary about America and its politics.