In an open letter to the public today, Academy-Award winning filmmaker and best-selling author Michael Moore put out a call to whistleblowers to come forward and help him and others put a spotlight on what he describes as Donald Trump’s unimpeded reign of oppression and misconduct. Through his just-launched TrumpiLeaks, Moore has created a secure platform he hopes will encourage government and law enforcement insiders “to blow the whistle in the name of protecting the United States of America from tyranny.” It might get dangerous or get you in trouble, he cautions, but “we must act,” he implores. “It’s our patriotic duty.”
Moore does not mince words in cataloguing his views on the President’s parade of misdeeds and his uncanny ability to carry on unscathed:
From the time you opened this letter to the time you get to the bottom of it, there’s a decent chance that our president will have violated the constitution, obstructed justice, lied to the American people, encouraged or supported acts of violence, or committed some horrible mistake that would’ve ended any other politician’s career (or sent you or I to jail). And just like all the times he’s done so in the past, he will get away with it.
Moore further made clear that Trump is not going away any time soon. “Make no mistake ― Donald J. Trump has NO intention of leaving the White House until January 20, 2025.” The only way to shortcut this specter Moore urges is for us to band together and take a stand.
And that’s where his appeal to whistleblowers comes in. “The importance of whistleblowing is part of the American tradition and as old as the republic itself.” Harking back to the Continental Congress unanimous vote in 1778 for the first U.S. whistleblower legislation, Moore catalogued the long list of “courageous American men and women [who] have put their careers, their freedom and even their lives on the line to report government and corporate wrongdoing” — Karen Silkwood (nuclear safety), Sherron Watkins (Enron), Jeffrey Wigand (tobacco), Daniel Ellsberg, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.
It remains to be seen whether a new stream of whistleblowers will answer Moore’s call. But one thing is for sure. Moore is doing everything he can to rouse the populace to continue this “American whistleblowing tradition.”
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