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Michael Moore Filmed Mail Bomb Suspect Cesar Sayoc at a Trump Rally, but Footage Was Cut From ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’

Moore says the footage shows Sayoc "overdosed on steroids in what looks like some desperate attempt to hang on to what was left of his manhood."

Michael Moore'Fahrenheit 11/9' photocall, Rome Film Festival, Italy - 20 Oct 2018

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Michael Moore revealed on his Instagram page over the weekend that mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc originally made an appearance in his latest documentary, “Fahrenheit 11/9.” Moore and his crew filmed a February 2017 Trump rally in Melbourne, Florida, and the director said his intent during the shoot was to only film the crowd responding to Trump and not Trump himself. The camera picked up Sayoc in the crowd, but the footage didn’t make it into the final “Fahrenheit 11/9” cut.

“You’ve seen the photos of him on the news over the past couple days — a slight, normal, everyday American. But those are from before,” Moore wrote as an introduction to the footage. “Here with our footage I can show you what he had actually become — overdosed on steroids in what looks like some desperate attempt to hang on to what was left of his manhood.”

Sayoc was arrested October 26 by federal authorities after allegedly sending 14 pipe bombs in the mail to outspoken Democrats around the country. None of the bombs detonated. The recipients of the pipe bombs included Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Robert De Niro. The actor responded to the threat by writing in a statement, “There’s something more powerful than bombs, and that’s your vote. People MUST vote!”

Moore continued, “Who we needed to understand were our fellow Americans, lost souls full of anger and possible violence, easily fed a pile of lies so large and toxic that we wondered if there would ever be a chance that we could bring them back from the Dark Side.”

“Fahrenheit 11/9,” released earlier this year, found Moore breaking down and analyzing the events that led to Donald Trump assuming the role of President of the United States. The documentary earned the filmmaker some of his best reviews of late (read IndieWire’s review here). Watch Sayoc’s cut footage in the video embed below.

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My crew first encountered Cesar Sayoc, the mail bomber/terrorist, 20 months ago when we went down to Melbourne, Florida, to film Trump’s first “Trump 2020 Re-election Rally” — just one month after his inauguration. My direction to my producer Basel Hamdan and our longtime collaborator Eric Weinrib was to NOT film Trump, but rather only film the people who came out to see him. My feeling was, after one month in office, we didn’t need to hear anything more from Trump’s mouth — we already knew everything we needed to know about him. Who we needed to understand were our fellow Americans, lost souls full of anger and possible violence, easily fed a pile of lies so large and toxic that we wondered if there would ever be a chance that we could bring them back from the Dark Side. Our footage of Mr. Sayoc would never make it into the final cut of what would be the film that is now in its last week in cinemas across America. But I’d like to share it with you, if only to give you a momentary glimpse of him in action (all are free to use this video and share it). You’ve seen the photos of him on the news over the past couple days– a slight, normal, everyday American. But those are from before. Here with our footage I can show you what he had actually become — overdosed on steroids in what looks like some desperate attempt to hang on to what was left of his manhood. Men, people like Cesar have been led to believe, were and are under attack by the likes of Hillary and Michelle and all those “feminazis” who’ve had but one mission: political castration. The theft of power from the patriarchy that had been in place for 10,000 years. The end of men…[1/3]

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