The 66-year-old director and left-wing activist floated the conspiracy theory on his Facebook page after the US president was taken ill on Friday. Moore justified his skepticism of Trump's diagnosis by citing the president's many lies and incorrect statements.
“There is one absolute truth about Trump: He is a consistent, absolute, unrelenting, fearless, and professional liar. A serial liar. A factually proven liar,” Moore wrote in a lengthy Facebook post.
“So why on earth would we believe him today?” he asked. “Has he earned your trust now? No. … We must always remain skeptical when it comes to Trump. He may have it. But it’s also possible he’s lying. That’s just a fact.”
Moore went on to call Trump “canny” and “clever” enough to use his diagnosis to gain sympathy of his people in order to change the conversation of the campaigns against him.
“He’s an evil genius and I raise the possibility of him lying about having COVID-19 to prepare us and counteract his game,” he wrote, adding, “He knows being sick tends to gain one sympathy. He’s not above weaponizing this. He’s been lying about how soon a vaccine will be ready. What better way to hammer home that lie then by directing a saga in the final weeks before the election that culminates in the release of this ‘vaccine’.”
Moore believes Trump is responding to polling data that suggests he is falling behind his campaign rival Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 US election, “but most dangerously, he may use this to push for delaying/postponing the election. He and his thug Attorney General [William] Barr have no shame and will stop at nothing to stay in power. He may even use this as an excuse for losing.”
The 'Fahrenheit 9/11' director finished the post by admitting that Trump probably does have COVID-19 but said, “Finally, on a personal note: Stay alive Mr. President. Your exit from public life must happen in the right and decent way.”
Donald Trump, 74, was admitted to Walter Reed Military Medical Center for COVID-19 treatment on Friday after he seemed to have trouble breathing.