It took Michael Moore to correct anti-gun protester David Hogg’s proposal for Canadians to meddle in American elections.
After screening Moore’s anti-Trump “Fahrenheit 11/9” at the Toronto Film Festival, Hogg and other Parkland, Florida high school students joined the millionaire filmmaker on stage during a Q&A.
“I have a question for you guys,” Hogg said after grabbing the mic from Moore.
“Who’s ready to save America?”
The Canadian audience cheered.
“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?” he asked.
Hogg was critical of the idea of not allowing convicts to vote in elections.
As Hogg ranted about what he saw as an injustice, someone yelled, “Shame!”
“Turn that shame into your vote,” he responded, adding, “if you’re not Canadian.”
“Um,” he continued, turning to Moore, “I think Canadians can donate to political campaigns in the United States.”
Moore shook his head in disagreement.
“They can’t?” Hogg asked.
“Well, uh, vote here,” he said, causing the audience to laugh at his best attempt at covering his ignorance.
“Learn from us,” he lectured the audience. “Don’t let this happen here because we need to come to you guys if we stay on this track.”
Moore then took the mic away from him.
“So uh, no, they can’t give us money,” Moore told Hogg.
According to the University of Kentucky Election Law Society:
The Federal Election Campaign Act states in unambiguous terms that any contribution by a foreign national to the campaign of an American candidate for any election, state or national, is illegal. Likewise, anyone who receives, solicits, or accepts these contributions also violates the statute. Foreign national, in this case, means anybody not a US citizen that doesn’t have a green card.
Hogg then asked the IRS — “if you’re watching on Facebook, why aren’t you auditing the President of the United States who likely got $30 million from Russia via the NRA?”
He changed subjects.
“We’re still at war in Afghanistan. What the hell?” he said.