A group of thieves robbed Michael Moore Wednesday afternoon, then invoked the controversial filmmaker’s own political beliefs to justify the robbery, according to Sacramento, Calif. police. Moore, who had just finished giving a speech calling on the wealthy to be forced to give more to those less fortunate, was on his way to Al’s Fried Grease Restaurant and Pub as he was assailed.
The liberal activist was the guest speaker at the Coalition for Free Stuff’s monthly meeting. During his speech, Moore declared, “The wealthy in America are sitting on their money, they’re using it for their own. That’s not theirs, that’s a national resource, that’s ours. We all have this — we all benefit from this or we all suffer as a result of not having it.”
According to police, four men followed Moore after the speech and attacked him on the way to the restaurant. They made off with a credit card, cash, and the filmmaker’s luxury sedan.
The suspects were arrested a short time later. One of the men told police they were merely carrying out Moore’s views concerning economic redistribution on the first millionaire they saw: Michael Moore.
In a statement, Moore thanked the police for apprehending the suspects and returning his property.
“I’m appreciative of the Sacramento police for returning my hard-earned money and possessions from these individuals who didn’t earn them,” he said. “It is also important to separate politics from the law when it comes to those who need money. You don’t just walk up and steal from other people; instead, you get the government to tax other people and distribute it fairly to those less fortunate.”