Michael Moore may have been one of the few people to predict a Donald Trump victory in the U.S. presidential election, but he’s certainly not gloating over the fact that he was right. The controversial filmmaker is actually rueing the election results and gnashing his teeth while analyzing the demographics as states continue to tally the popular vote.
In an interview on The Messy Truth with CNN correspondent Van Jones (who delivered a monologue about the president-elect on the night of Trump’s victory), Moore called Trump a “malignant narcissist,” saying that the things he’s promised to the American people will most likely not come to fruition.
While discussing American jobs and the economy in an open-forum format with the audience, a man said that he was appreciative of Trump’s promises to protect jobs from leaving the United States.
“No other politician in my lifetime has ever brought this issue to the forefront, and the fact of the matter is we do get screwed on trade,” he said.
Moore didn’t waste any time responding. “And when he doesn’t follow through, when he doesn’t get rid of NAFTA, when you’re still screwed in Michigan five months from now, two years from now — where are you going to be then on this issue?”
Jones was quick to reprimand Moore for just assuming that Trump wouldn’t keep his word, but that didn’t stop the Bowling for Columbine filmmaker.
“There’s nothing in his behaviour,” he retorted. “The man is, first of all, a malignant narcissist, and he’s only about himself, folks. And you’re about to see that happen.”
“He has an ideology that he believes in, and it’s called Donald J. Trump,” he said. “That’s what he’s going to make sure that he’s gonna take care of. I don’t think he’s going to do anything for you, the working person.”
Moore also tried to calm the audience (and TV viewers) down, telling them to “take comfort” knowing the “majority of Americans” didn’t want Trump in the Oval Office.
“I think Democrats, people that voted for Hillary, first of all: feel good about the fact that the majority of Americans did not want Donald J. Trump as their president,” Moore said, referring to her victory in the popular vote. “Take some comfort that your fellow Americans are with you.”
In mid-October, Moore made an anti-Trump documentary titled Michael Moore in Trumpland that came as a surprise to everyone, including fans of the 62-year-old filmmaker. The film is based on a one-man show, October Surprise, that Moore recently performed in Ohio and depicts Moore “diving right into hostile territory,” according to a brief description. Essentially, Moore meets and talks to Trump supporters for much of the movie.
What was most surprising about Trumpland is Moore’s conclusion: that Trump would win the election over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, and it would be the “biggest ‘F**k you!’ ever recorded in human history.”
“[Trump is] saying the things to people who are hurting,” said Moore. “And it’s why every beaten-down, nameless, forgotten working stiff who used to be part of what was called ‘the middle class’ loves Trump. He is the human Molotov cocktail that they’ve been waiting for. The human hand grenade that they can legally throw into the system that stole their lives from them.”
Moore’s predictions in Trumpland ended up being alarmingly accurate, so Americans might want to pay more credence to whatever warnings he may have.
This wasn’t the first time Moore predicted a Trump victory; the first time he did was in late 2015, when he said “people are feeling more and more that we’ve moved back into a darker time.”