UPDATED 7:40 PM, October 28: Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore fired back at President Donald Trump’s tweets calling his Broadway play a “TOTAL BOMB” with a series of his own. Moore defended The Terms of My Surrender, 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.”
Moore went on to point out to Trump that a U.S. service member was killed and six were injured in Afghanistan, saying “You, our President, are not even aware of this.” He added. “You ARE aware I’m a “B’way star” & I guess this bothers you more. SAD.”
He then dug into Robert Mueller’s forthcoming criminal indictments, as well as Trump’s handling of the hurricane aftermath affecting Puerto Rico. Moore topped off his hissy fit with a tweet telling Trump that Twitter is the only thing he knows how to do, and how criticizing his play is a “distraction.” The final jab was a tweet that included a pic of Moore and Jared Kushner saying, “For now, at least I know I still have one fan in the White House (thx for your unwavering support, Jared!)”
Read his entire string of tweets below.
EARLIER: An early Saturday evening tweetstorm from President Donald Trump focused on director and nemesis Michael Moore, characterizing the filmmaker’s now-shuttered Broadway play as “a TOTAL BOMB and was forced to close. Sad!”
Trump has previously delighted in pointing out low ratings and other foibles of perceived rivals in show business, most prominently Arnold Schwarzenegger on a new version of NBC’s The Apprentice.
Moore’s performance, The Terms of My Surrender, ran for 100 shows at the Shuberts’ Belasco and was scheduled for a limited run. It did $367.6K, or 47.2% of the house’s potential, with tickets averaging $58.80.
The one-man show with the polarizing filmmaker used satirical humor to make commentary about America and its politics. Guests at Moore’s shows included the likes of Bryan Cranston, Gloria Steinem, Maxine Waters, Stephen Colbert and Morgan Spurlock. In August, with guest Mark Ruffalo, Moore led the audience on a post-show march to Trump Tower to protest Trump’s statements on the Charlottesville violence.
Moore said after the show closed, “My 100 performances on Broadway represent perhaps the most fulfilling experience of my career. Having the opportunity to play the Belasco for tens of thousands of New Yorkers (and people from around the country and the world), with a simple and urgent message, has been one of the great honors of my life. And I am deeply moved to be so warmly embraced by the Broadway community.”
He added that he planned on returning to Broadway at some point with a new play and a new one-man show. Two days after the final bow, Moore said he planned to take the show on the road in 2018. “As for The Terms of My Surrender,” Moore said in a statement via his PR firm, “there is no surrender! We’ll be taking our Broadway show on the road next summer!”
Before attacking Moore, Trump reiterated on Twitter his previously revealed decision to release all files related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, confirming the moves via Twitter.
Trump said Friday night that he would release all documents related to the JFK assassination, despite some alleged last-minute attempts by the CIA and other agencies requesting that he withhold certain documents. The President said he consulted with his chief of staff, John Kelly, as well as the CIA and other agencies, and would release all files “other than the names and addresses of any mentioned person who is still living.”