Michael Moore mocks Texans, calls the state ‘stupid’: ‘Dumbing down is what Texas is all about’

Michael Moore, the documentary filmmaker known for his general disdain of Republicans, has unsurprisingly used his online platform once again to springboard his denigration for anyone politically-right of center.

In Moore’s latest diatribe aimed against conservatives, he invoked the ongoing dilemma in Texas as a means to paint Texans as somewhat responsible for their plight while managing to disparage Rush Limbaugh as well: 

“[Rush Limbaugh’s] show was a daily place where people could go to become more stupid and more ignorant.”

“And the stupider people that can become, the better — the better that those in power can manipulate them, and can control the situation. And my friends, you can’t get more stupid than the state of Texas.”

“It is tragic what we’re witnessing this week in Texas, but it is the result of leaders there who I don’t think are so stupid.”

“I think they know exactly what they’ve always been doing…trying to make their own people stupid by having a shitty education system.”

In an effort to support his theory of leaders in Texas somehow enabling a, “shitty education system,” Moore touted some theory about the state of Texas buying educational text books in large enough quantities that Texas board of education officials can influence what goes into the textbooks: 

“Because Texas buys so many textbooks, no textbook publishing company will publish a school textbook without getting the approval of the Texas board of education and their book committee, their book approval committee.”

Moore’s theory continued with the, “rest of us have to read what Texas wants their students to read.”

For the record – Texas is far from being among the lowest qualities of rendered public educations. Out of a ranking of 51 (50 states and Washington, D.C.), Texas is settled roughly in the middle at 28

By no means is Texas top-tier in public education, but it’s also not the worst (for example, California is listed at 37 and D.C. is at 41). However, one would be unlikely to hear from Moore a generalized admonishment of say Californians, or residents of the nation’s capital. 

Yet, Moore continued on in his podcast with painting Texans as somehow actively devolving into troglodytes: 

“The dumbing down of America is helped by this, and dumbing down is what Texas is all about.”

“You are the state that keeps voting for Republicans. You’re a big Trump state. You’re a state that you supports the politicians who say that climate change is a hoax…and you reward them by reelecting them over and over again.”

And with spending so much to time malign the state of Texas, and those who reside within the state, Moore couldn’t pass on the opportunity to talk about Senator Ted Cruz and his recent (and also brief) trip to Cancun: 

“[Senator Cruz] thought people would be stupid enough — at least in Texas maybe he thought that was right. Yeah, they would be stupid enough to buy that he was just doing it for the kids.”

And it wouldn’t be a proper Michael Moore rant if he didn’t make sure to specifically mention that white people in Texas, “continue to do the stupid shit like not in encase their electrical power stations in any kind of cement or anything to protect it from the elements, be it a hurricane, be it a snowstorm.”

While none of the comments are surprising, seeing that they’re coming from Moore, it doesn’t make them any less distasteful. 

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Another prime example of the bizarre and divisive rhetoric that Moore engages in can seen from his comments in August of 2020 – where he theoretically dreamt of a movie where “murderous cops” get killed by superheroes. 

Here’s that previous report on Moore’s previous comments. 

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Another day, another celebrity sharing some anti-law enforcement rhetoric online. In the latest episode of millionaires appeasing the violent mob, we have Michael Moore posing the idea of if modern times were a movie than a hero would kill “murderous cops” and then “rain fire down on Police HQ”.

In the ridiculous tweet shared by Moore, he suggested the following:

“If this were a movie, heroes would swoop in & kill the murderous cops. The audience would cheer. Loud!

Then the superhero would rain fire down on Police HQ & the audience would stand & applaud! White, Black, Brown- the entire audience would scream YES! Thank God it’s just a movie.”

The tweet, shared on August 24th, is obviously in reference to the officers involved in recent fatal police interactions.

While Moore didn’t specifically name who these “murderous cops” were in this fictional movie hypothesis, one could be creative and draw some conclusions.

It is clear that there is a wide range of emotions and positions on some of the fatal police interactions over the past few months, so seeing one of this nature come from Moore isn’t surprising.

But perhaps the most troubling aspect from this notion by Moore isn’t just the idea of a “hero” killing “murderous cops” – it’s the excitement he alleges that would arise from viewers seeing this “hero…rain fire down on Police HQ”.

That lends more fire to the ridiculous sentiment that has caused all the riots that we’ve seen lately, specifically the ‘if one’s bad, they’re all bad’ notion. That’s an extremely dangerous narrative to inject approval toward in light of recent events.

This isn’t a movie, this is real life. And we’ve already seen the types of “heroes” that Moore seems to cheer on literally setting fire to police precincts, assaulting officers, destroying businesses and other forms of riotous anarchy in recent months.

Not only that – we have literal instances of police officers getting murdered in recent times, like the two officers killed in McAllen, Texas in July who were simply responding to a domestic disturbance call.

There were also three police officers shot in Prince George County, Maryland when responding to a robbery call in August. Those officers in that case were cited as being ambushed by the suspects.

If that were enough chaos and violence directed toward police officers in recent times, a singular riot that happened in July in Seattle, Washington resulted in 59 police officers being injured and one being hospitalized.

And that was just one of the many riots in that city and across the entire country over the past few months.

But for some reason, Moore is cheering on the idea of current events playing out like some kind of movie plot where all the police officers are the bad guys and need to be killed.

I don’t think Moore realizes that while not all police officers are bad people – there is certainly a lot of them getting hurt and killed during these very times.

Just by gunfire alone, at least 10 police officers have been killed in the line of duty since the death of George Floyd.

These weren’t accidental discharges, or some motorist accidentally striking an officer standing on the roadside – these were all cold-blooded murders.

Another aspect to note, it’s not like there’s any shortage of actual movies available that portray police officers in a negative – or even murderous light.

Throughout the 1980s we were…treated…to three installments into the Maniac Cop horror/thriller movie franchise. There were also films like Copkiller and Bad Lieutenant, which ironically both starred Harvey Keitel.

But this bad take on current events by Moore just isn’t surprising, as mentioned earlier. This is coming from the same person who praised seeing the burning of the 3rd Precinct in Minneapolis in late-May. Moore even went so far as to refer to the arsonists as “good citizens”:

“Good citizens burning down the evil police precinct in MN after all police were out & safe. All police should go home. No violence please.

Police HQ must be demolished by the city tomorrow as a show of contrition to black America. Rebuild PD with decent kind [people] aka [people] of color.”

Rhetoric of this kind coming from people like Moore is the exact opposite of what this country needs at the moment. These aren’t calls to restore order or peace – these are romanticizing ideas of continued anarchy, violence and demonization of police.

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