Fort Worth, TX (WiredPRNews.com)—Author and filmmaker Michael Moore, remarked on Friday evening that the timing of Hurricane Gustav hitting New Orleans area on the first day of the 2008 Republican National Convention is “proof that there is a god in heaven,” according to a Dallas Morning News.com report.
The remark, made on MSNBC’s show Countdown, drew criticism from Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise.
“I demand an immediate apology from Michael Moore to the people of south Louisiana for his offensive and inappropriate comments,” said Scalise, a Republican in a statement on Saturday. “People in Louisiana, regardless of political affiliation, are making plans to leave to protect their families from this serious storm, and the God I know would not share Michael Moore’s glee for our plight,” according to a FoxNews.com report.
Moore said later in the broadcast that he hopes no one gets hurt because of the storm.
In a related story, the former Chairman of the Democrat National Committee Don Fowler apologized for a similar remark he made while flying home to North Carolina, from Denver, after the 2008 Democrat National Convention.
According to an ABCnews.com article, the super delegate who endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2007 “was caught on tape saying: ‘The hurricane’s going to hit New Orleans about the time they (Republicans) start. The timing is — at least it appears now that it’ll be there Monday. That just demonstrates that God’s on our side. [Laughter] Everything’s cool.'”
After the video of the remarks appeared on RedState.com, Fowler apologized. “If it offended anybody. I’m sorry for that,” said Fowler. “I don’t think anybody in America wishes for something bad to happen to New Orleans. I certainly don’t.”
The Chair of the South Carolina Republican Party, Katon Dawson, lashed out at Fowler and Spratt. “The outrageous behavior of two of the Obama campaign’s highest profile supporters in the south is despicable, a cynical politicization of life and death. I call on Barack Obama to immediately denounce Fowler and Spratt and demand sincere apologies from these members of the Democratic leadership,” according to the ABCnews.com report.