WASHINGTON - Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore has issued a plea to Ivanka Trump to stop her father Donald’s US presidential campaign for the sake of his mental health. Donald Trump is the Republican party nominee to contest November’s presidential election against his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

The billionaire businessman has sparked outrage with many of his controversial comments on the campaign trail that have evoked criticism even from within his party. On Tuesday, Donald Trump ignited a fresh political firestorm by declaring gun rights supporters might still find a way to stop Hillary Clinton, even if she should defeat him and then name anti-gun Supreme Court justices. Democrats pounced, accusing him of openly encouraging violence against his opponent.

In an open letter Moore, the Fahrenheit 9/11 director, pleads with Ivanka, who made a well regarded speech supporting her father at July’s Republican National Convention, to convince her father to abandon politics for the sake of his well being. “Dear Ivanka,” the letter begins. “I’m writing to you because your dad is not well. Every day he continues his spiral downward and after his call for gun owners to commit acts of violence against Mrs. Clinton, it is clear he needs help, serious help.

His comments and behaviour have become more and more bizarre and detached from reality.

 He is in need of an intervention. And I believe only you can conduct it.”

Moore, a liberal,  goes on to praise Ivanka as someone who can reason with her father, who he says has endangered Hillary’s life with his comments.

“He trusts you,” Moore adds, “He believes in you. Although I don’t know you personally, you seem to be a very smart and together woman. I think he will listen to you. He must because he is now not simply a danger to himself, he has put the next president of the United States in harms way. He has encouraged and given permission to the unhinged and the deranged to essentially assassinate Hillary Clinton.”

In his letter Michael, 62, includes a suggested script for Ivanka’s intervention written by his counsellor friend Jeff Gibbs.

The script requires Ivanka, who is reported to be friends with Hillary’s daughter Chelsea, 36, to sit her father down, explain that he is scaring her with his political ambitions and ask him to give them up.

Moore concludes by writing that if she persuades her dad to withdraw from the presidential race she will be remembered well in history.

There were no comment from Donald Trump’s spokesperson.

 

Moore has been busy this political season with his comments on how women in US politics have “fake power”, standing outside of Trump Tower in New York City with a sign that read “We are all Muslim,” and now he’s written an open letter to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka.

 

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters): US actor and producer Robert De Niro said on Saturday that US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump should not run for president because he was “totally nuts”.

Trump, a billionaire businessman seeking his first public office, has courted controversy with a string of inflammatory statements about his main opponent Hillary Clinton, guns, Mexicans, Muslims and war veterans, among others.

De Niro made the comments to a Sarajevo audience as he presented a digital version of Martin Scorsese’s film “Taxi Driver”, in which he starred, to mark its 40th anniversary. “I don’t know, it’s crazy that people like Donald Trump ..., he shouldn’t even be where he is, so God help us,” De Niro said to wide applause in the Sarajevo National Theater. “What he’s been saying is really totally crazy, ridiculous ... he is totally nuts.” “But I think now they are really starting to push back, the media ... finally they are starting to say: Come on Donald, this is ridiculous, this is nuts, this is insane,” De Niro said.

Trump has blamed US news media of taking many his comments out of context.

On Friday night, the 73-year-old actor opened the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival, which was founded as an act of defiance towards the end of the city’s 1992-1995 siege during the Bosnian war, and was honored with a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to film.

“I will treasure this award- my Heart of Sarajevo - because I don’t think there is another city in the world that has shown such heart in the face of so much tragedy,” De Niro said at the ceremony.