Michael Moore has been slammed for saying that the suspected Boulder shooter “truly assimilated into beloved American culture.”
The filmmaker made the comments in the wake of the Colorado grocery store shooting that left 10 people, including a cop, dead — The US Sun reports.
“The life of Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa shows that people can come from all over the world and truly assimilate into our beloved American culture,” Moore wrote, accompanied by a photograph of the Statue of Liberty.
According to a since-deleted Facebook page, that appeared to be Alissa’s, he was “born in Syria 1999” before he “came to the USA in 2002.”
Alissa has been charged with 10 counts of murder by cops in Colorado for allegedly rampaging through King Soopers with an AR-15-style rifle.
Following Moore’s striking comments, social media users began to slam him, asking “did you really tweet this?”
One user wrote: “We allowed him refuge in our country & he repaid us by murdering our own people. This is most heartless tweet I’ve seen in a long time.”
YouTuber Dave Rubin blasted Moore, writing: “What a vile creature you have become.”
Another user, who amassed over 8,000 likes, said: “I hate people who live in America and hate America. You know nothing about what the world is like ‘out there’.
“I’m an immigrant who made it here. No society is perfect. No country is. But we all flock to US because it is better than most/all. Stop bashing America.”
Others told him to “go live in Syria,” while asking if he “hates his country” and “gave up on being any sort of decent human.”
Footage showed the shirtless Alissa covered in blood being led away in handcuffs after Monday afternoon’s massacre.
He was later named as the alleged shooter by Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold during a press conference.
She said multiple agencies had investigated the massacre at the store where many people were getting their COVID-19 vaccines.
The victims range in age from 20 to 65 and Mayor Sam Weaver said the community felt this loss “in our bones.”
Alissa allegedly bought the assault rifle six days before the shooting, according to an arrest affidavit released Tuesday.
Denny Strong, 20, Neven Stoanisic, 23, Rikki Olds, 25, Tralona Bartkowiak, 49, Suzanne Fountain, 59, Teri Leiker, 51, Officer Eric Talley, 51, Kevin Mahoney, 61, Lynn Murray, 62, and Jody Waters, 65, were the 10 victims.
Speaking about the tragedy, President Joe Biden said: “I don’t need to wait another minute – or another hour – to take commonsense steps that will save lives in the future.”
“We should also ban assault weapons in the process,” he added, calling on Congress to act in the wake of such horrific gun violence and describing Talley as a “the definition of an American hero.”
FBI Special Agent Michael Schneider appealed to the public to come forward with any information they may have about the shooting, saying “no information is too small.”
“[This] includes identifying the subject’s motives,” he said. “It would be premature for us to draw any conclusions at this time.”
Herold said that the suspect Alissa from Arvada suffered a “through and through” wound to his leg and officials confirmed that he was in hospital before being brought to jail.
This story originally appeared in the US Sun and has been reproduced with permission