Who better than leftist Michael Moore to represent far-left MSNBC as the Democratic National Convention began on Monday night? Host Ari Melber didn’t bat an eye when the filmmaker uttered relief that Joe Biden didn’t “swing to the right” by picking former Obama official Susan Rice.
In a weird moment, Moore both said something just crazy AND admitted something much of the liberal media won’t: “I was shocked that [Biden] picked Kamala Harris frankly. I thought for certain he would swing to the right and pick Susan Rice. Instead he swung to the left and picked Kamala Harris.”
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice is “to the right?” Of course, Melber offered no objection to this. But in one regard, Moore showed himself more reasonable than the New York Times. Last week, the paper offered this demonstrably false claim, calling Harris "a pragmatic moderate.”
Moore also flat-out declared the open takeover by the far-left of the Democratic Party. Speaking of the party platform, he concluded:
Somebody who was asking me today, "How do you feel about the fact that the platform committee essentially didn't listen much to the Bernie people?" And it's pretty much Biden's platform. And I say to them, “Well, yes, it's the old Biden.” It's about the old party people on the committee, they've been there for a while. There's some new ones in there. But it doesn't matter what the platform really says any more. Those are the old days. That's pre-pandemic. That's gone. What matters now is reality. And reality will right the platform during this election.
MSNBC loves bringing on Moore for big nights. On August 19, 2019, after a Democratic debate, the network let him rant for 12 minutes.
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A partial transcript is below:
ARI MELBER: Joe Biden's not wasting any time when it comes to building bridges at tonight's convention, using this night to showcase one of the most popular Progressives, who hasn’t always been a member of the Democratic Party. Bernie Sanders finished second to Biden this year and to Clinton last cycle. And addressed his loyal followers then at her convention during a time of Russia-induced party acrimony.
BERNIE SANDERS: Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States.
MELBER: How will Sanders tackle a similar role tonight? One of his most famous supporters joins us now. Michael Moore is an Oscar-winning filmmaker. He’s the host of Rumble With Michael Moore.
MICHAEL MOORE: But even your own poll today, the NBC poll showed that when asked why are you voting for Joe Biden, 58 percent said because he's not President Trump. That's the number one reason. So I look at that and I worry, because people do need to get excited and do need to understand that the Ari Melber and the Michael Moore that you showed there from January, I think we're different people now after what we've gone through. I am. I've had a lot of time to think and to do and to create during this time. You know, you can speak for yourself, but I think that Joe Biden — I was shocked that he picked Kamala Harris frankly. I thought for certain he would swing to the right and pick Susan Rice. Instead he swung to the left and picked Kamala Harris.
MELBER: Let’s dig into that. I tell viewers we always try to follow the evidence. Tim Kaine's joining us later this hour. But Tim Kaine did not generate the evidence of excitement in the first week that Kamala Harris has, for whatever range of reasons. People may feel, “Is this nice or mean?”, we track the evidence. Activists, small-dollar donors, new dol lar donors, people who said “Oh, kamala is on the ticket,” they gave their first $10 ever. She smashed records. Are you as someone who is coming from the Sanders wing, you are enthused because she’s on the ticket?
MOORE: Oh, I think it's a very good sign. But I'm enthused any ways. Even the 58 percent who say they're voting for Biden because he's not Trump, great! That's fine. Any way into it that you can find is important, because we must remove Donald J. Trump. That is job one for all of us. And I think that, you know, somebody who was asking me today how do you feel about the fact that the platform committee essentially didn't listen much to the Bernie people? And it's pretty much Biden's platform. And I say to them, “Well, yes, it's the old Biden.” It's about the old party people on the committee, they've been there for a while. There's some new ones in there. But it doesn't matter what the platform really says any more. Those are the old days. That's pre-pandemic. That's gone. What matters now is reality. And reality will right the platform during this election.
MELBER: Let's dig into that, because you make an interesting point. We'll put up into this screen, issues around environmentalism, around Medicare for all, which is something Sanders and you talked about as well as dealing with student loan debt at a time where the Congress found money for all kinds of other stuff. And we've got people who went to these schools and are coming out and are saddled by that debt, something that you and others have talked about. You're saying, though, that in a post pandemic activist world, what matters more than what the delegates do this week in that platform is what the larger conversation activists do, what we saw this summer, what might push a potential Biden administration over its term?
MOORE: Absolutely. I think it will happen even before the election. I think that because all those candidates talked about how Americans love their private insurer health insurance. Back in the debates, nobody would dare say that now, that tens of millions of people have lost their health insurance. They lost it in, as soon as the pandemic hit. All the other countries, all the other industrialized countries, they didn't lose their health care, because it was a right. It was paid for by the government. We must -- and I think I'm in the majority on this, we must never be in the situation again where people are ending up without health insurance because of something that happens. It has to be a right and backed by the government. Same thing with paying off student loans. That’s not going to happen. People don't have the money. There's going to be such a groundswell of citizens who are going to demand of the Biden/Harris administration that things have to operate a different way now. Different than the way they were thinking eight months ago.