Beth Baumann at Townhall reported leftist filmmaker Michael Moore brought along David Hogg and other Parkland High liberal activists to the premiere of his new anti-Trump documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film, designed to mobilize the Left to vote in the midterms, comes out on September 21.
After the film Moore brought the activists on stage, and David Hogg didn't seem to realize he was in Canada, not the United States, saying to a very supportive Toronto crowd:
"I have a question for you guys: Who's ready to save America? Who's ready to make America the country we say it is on paper and make it the actual country that it wants to be?" Hogg asked the crowd. "I think the most important thing to realize, however, is the problems we face as a country, whether it be water in Flint, Michigan or the amount of mass incarceration of people of color that can't vote. In Florida, the amount of eligible African Americans that would otherwise be eligible to vote but can't because of a previous conviction is 21 percent. In Kentucky it's 26 percent. In Mississippi and Alabama it's 15 to 16 percent. These are people of color that have been historically discriminated against and still are to this day. And have had their rights taken away."
A member of the audience yelled, "Shame!" to which Hogg replied, "Exactly. Turn that shame into your vote!" In Canada? Then he added: "I think Canadians can donate to political campaigns in the United States." Um, wrong-o. That would be illegal. (Baumann has also chronicled how Hogg doesn't know much about guns.)
The crowd also heard from Parkland activist Mark Dietsch, who spoke about his sister, who lost three friends in the shooting:
"She was in the rooms with those lawmakers in Florida, at the Tallahassee, at the Florida state capital, where they're comparing mass shootings to cutting grass. I remember how defeated she felt coming back from that trip and I remember talking to her about what she learned that day with our state legislators. And I remember feeling hopeful because her and her friends realized how much they [legislators] had failed them [the students]....And so this film needs to be seen by more people and this film needs to inspire people to actually vote on November 6th because with youth registration rates doubled in every state, I know change will come on November 6th."
These Parkland activists are still blaming Republicans and the NRA, and ignoring the failures of local law enforcement and the school bureaucracy.
Moore claimed that within one week of announcing the film, the IRS decided to audit him. Then he boasted he's overpaid for years, so they will end up giving him a refund, with interest. Then Hogg demanded the IRS audit President Trump: “Why aren’t you auditing the president of the United States?” Then he added: “We’re still at war in Afghanistan — what the hell? I’m 18 years old; that war was started 17 years ago.”
PS: A Toronto Star writer gushed that Hogg was "the only celebrity that might have left me significantly more star-struck than any mere Gosling or Gaga."