President Donald Trump has many fans, but liberal filmmaker Michael Moore is not one of them. Moore has been an extremely outspoken critic of the president since the beginning of Trump’s candidacy.
On Sunday, the anti-Trump Moore unveiled an idea he’s hatching to make a film that might “bring down” the president.
It wouldn’t be the first time he’s tried to take on Trump.
In December of 2015, Moore told Business Insider that he thought Trump would win the Republican nomination, though Moore was not enthusiastic about the prospect. “Donald Trump is absolutely going to be the Republican candidate for president of the United States,” he told the reporter. “It’s gone from being a joke to becoming a serious reality.”
Moore was concerned about voter turnout and knew that Trump was polling well against Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
So, in October 2016, Moore made his first attempt at taking down then candidate Donald Trump through “Michael Moore in TrumpLand,” a film written, directed, and produced by Moore and released just days before the election.
Moore “daringly” traveled into the “heart of hostile TrumpLand territory” and created a film that he believed would be “essential election viewing for a divided America,” according to the films’ website. He spent much of the film trying to garner support for Clinton, a candidate with whom many did not connect.
One part of the film went viral, and not in the way Moore intended.
In it, Moore shared a moment during a Trump rally in Detroit, Michigan. Trump talked about preventing local auto manufacturing jobs from going to Mexico with a 35% tariff. Moore said it was a great moment for the people of Michigan, and that they’d been waiting for someone to stand up for them. He went on to talk about why people are mad, why they might vote for Trump, and what message those voters might be sending to “the system.”
That piece of “TrumpLand” was shared all over social media, and many Trump supporters felt that Moore was in favor of Trump, based on some of the comments.
After the election, on November 12, Moore streamed himself on Facebook Live trying to gain access to Trump at Trump Towers. Many people stopped him to thank him for his words and congratulate him on Trump’s victory. Moore repeatedly told people he isn’t a Trump supporter, seemingly frustrated by the misunderstanding.
Over Easter weekend, Moore took to Facebook to reveal that he’s considering making another film about Trump and asked, “Can a simple movie actually bring down a sitting president of the United States?”
He’s hoping that if he can catch the attention of “the people who watch [the] wrestling and the shopping channels,” he can elevate their thinking. He believes that Trump is quickly unraveling America, and in the post, he listed what he sees as negatives happening “every single day:”
- the daily dismantling of sections of our government
- the bombing of Syria
- threatening war on nuclear North Korea
- allowing states to defund Planned Parenthood
- eliminating climate change prevention programs
- turning the Supreme Court “into a right-wing junta for the next 40 years”
Moore says that what he does for a living may help bring about an end to the Trump presidency. He hopes to rally supporters and that “art and humor and all of us unleashing every ounce of creativity we have within us is what’s going to stop this insanity.” In his view, his film might create enough support that “suddenly some citizens might be moved to peacefully, legally take him down.”
This “crazy thought” that has entered Moore’s mind is added to a host of his of post-election, anti-Trump activities. To name a few: Moore ripped up a newspaper page about Trump’s inauguration in January; shared a 10-point plan to make Trump “toast again” in February; and, in March, tweeted “the extinction of human life on earth began” because of Trump.
— ABC News (@ABC) January 21, 2017
Historians in the near future will mark today, March 28, 2017, as the day the extinction of human life on earth began, thanks 2 Donald Trump
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) March 28, 2017
Hear Moore’s comments about Trump in “Michael Moore in TrumpLand” below (WARNING: foul language)
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