The video features comedian Blaire Erskine impersonating a Trump supporter at a recent rally in Omaha, Nebraska. During the event, many attendees were left stranded in near-freezing temperatures as they waited for buses to take them back to their parked cars miles away.
In her video, Erskine acts as though sheâs one of the attendees getting interviewed for television. Her character makes statements such as: âI canât feel my body but I donât really need my body. This is about Trumpâs bodyâ and âI think [Trump] did this to teach us a lesson.â
Moore, apparently mistaking the comedy sketch for a real interview, shared it on Twitter and wrote: âHow did Trump win? If we have to keep asking then we donât get the commitment of his voters. Tens of millions of them will vote [Tuesday].â
Quoting Erskineâs character in the video, he added: âTheyâd walk â750 milesâ in the freezing cold âjust to hear him speak.â I wouldnât do that to hear Bernie, Biden or JC himself. THATâs how they win.â
Moore wasnât the only one who failed to recognise Erskineâs video as comedy. Several Twitter users reacted under the apparent impression that the clip was an actual interview.
Many responded to Mooreâs tweet informing him that the clip is a parody, with some criticising the filmmaker for not checking whether that was the case prior to share it on his timeline. Moore has 6 million followers on Twitter.
âThis is a comedian, so Iâm not sure Iâd focus on winning her vote,â historian Kevin M Kruse wrote.
Comedian Sarah Cooper, who has earned acclaim on Twitter for her lip-syncs of Trump, commented: âWait... I know how this ends. Michael Moore shares satirical video, a Trump supporter uses that video in a commercial as a testament to Donald Trump, Donald Trump then retweets it, the NYTimes interviews Blair, who stays in character, and that's how Trump wins Michigan.â
This is a comedian, so I’m not sure I’d focus on winning her vote
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) October 29, 2020
Wait... I know how this ends. Michael Moore shares satirical video, a trump supporter uses that video in a commercial as a testament to Donald Trump, Donald Trump then retweets it, the NYTimes interviews Blair, who stays in character, and that's how Trump wins Michigan
— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) October 29, 2020
The Independent has contacted Mooreâs representatives for comment.
At least seven people were taken to hospitals after Tuesdayâs rally. Omaha police told The Associated Press in a written statement that first responders dealt with 30 people for medical reasons throughout the day.
Additional reporting by AP