The irony is real.
Hollywood director Michael Moore has bashed President Donald Trump since he took office in January 2017. He regularly accuses Trump of having “colluded” with the Russians to win the White House.
But now it appears Moore has a much stronger connection to Russian activities meant to undermine American democracy.
Special counsel Robert Mueller announced last week the indictment of 13 Russian nationals who ran the Internet Research Agency, a shell-company used to sow political discord and undermine American democracy. The agency originally sought to discredit Hillary Clinton, but after Trump won election, the agency worked to undermine him.
The agency did most of their work online, but they also helped organize rallies nationwide. Authorities believe Moore was a part of one those rallies, an anti-Trump rally in November 2016.
According to Fox News, the government said the Russian operatives organized the Nov. 12, 2016, "Trump is NOT my President” rally in New York City. Mueller said the goal of the rally was to "sow discord in the U.S. political system."
Moore posted about his experience at the rally on social media, including a picture of himself posing with fellow anti-Trump protesters:
At today's Trump Tower protest. He wouldn't come down. Here's my Facebook Live coverage: https://t.co/FzxOyljoK5 https://t.co/PxjoALcyn8— Michael Moore (@Michael Moore)1479009694.0
He also posted a video of himself from inside Trump Tower and during the protest talking to other protesters. At the beginning of the video, Moore characterized Trump as a "racist sociopath."
The protest included a march from Union Square to Trump Tower, which is a distance of about 40 blocks in Manhattan. It was one of the many rallies hosted in the days after the election to protest the then-president-elect, according to NBC News. There were similar rallies in other major cities nationwide.