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Michael Moore on Trump, 2020 & Why "the Old, Angry White Guy" Doesn't Represent the Working Class

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Last week on Democracy Now!, acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moore predicted Donald Trump would win re-election if Democrats don't choose a candidate to run against him who excites their base of voters. His comments prompted President Donald Trump to respond on Twitter, "He made [the] same prediction in 2016. Nobody ever said Michael was stupid!"

But Moore's comments went further than Trump's tweet alluded to. He said the working class in the United States is mostly women, people of color and young people all groups who tend to vote Democratic. Moore, who supports Bernie Sanders, said Democrats can win if they focus on these voters and on bold proposals like Medicare for All.


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AMY GOODMAN: Today we spend our second hour with acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moore. Last Thursday, during an interview with Michael on Democracy Now!, he predicted Donald Trump would win re-election if Democrats fail to choose a candidate who excites their base of voters.

MICHAEL MOORE: I think if the election were held today Hillary won by 3 million popular votes. I believe whoever the Democrat is next year is going to win by 4 to 5 million popular votes. There's no question in my mind that people who stayed home, who sat on the bench, they're going to pour out, in California, New York and you know, but also in Texas and whatever, I mean, places that Trump will probably win, but, yeah, there's going to be a much higher percentage of people voting against him.

The problem is, is that he will if the vote were today, I believe, he would win the electoral states that he would need, because, living out there, I will tell you, his level of support has not gone down one inch. In fact, I'd say it's even more rabid than it was before, because they're afraid now. They're afraid he could lose, because they watched his behavior. So they are voracious in their appetite for Donald Trump. That's the bad news.

AMY GOODMAN: So, that was Michael Moore on Democracy Now! on Thursday. President Trump then tweeted his response to the show, saying, quote, "He made same prediction in 2016. Nobody ever said Michael was stupid!" But Michael Moore said more. This was the rest of his comment.

MICHAEL MOORE: The good news is, again, number one, never forget, there's more of us than there are of them. The majority of the American people agree with us. Seventy percent of the voters next year are women, people of color and young adults. OK? All that on our side. So, what we have to do is we have to make sure we don't give them another Hillary Clinton to vote for.

AMY GOODMAN: So, that was Michael Moore speaking on Democracy Now! on Thursday and getting that response from President Trump.

Today, we play Part 2 of our interview with Michael Moore, the Oscar-winning filmmaker. His most recent documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, his other films include Michael Moore in TrumpLand, Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, Sicko, Capitalism: A Love Story, Where to Invade Next and Roger & Me. He's just launched a new project, a podcast called Rumble with Michael Moore.

Well, Democracy Now!'s Nermeen Shaikh and I spoke to Michael in our studio last week about a number of key issues in the 2020 presidential campaign: gun control, climate and race. I started by asking about the Democratic presidential debate in Los Angeles earlier this month, when PBS moderator Amna Nawaz asked businessman Andrew Yang about being the only candidate of color on the debate stage, then asked Bernie Sanders the same question.

AMNA NAWAZ: Thank you, Mr. Yang. Senator Sanders, I do want to put the same question to you, Senator Sanders. What message do you think...

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: I will answer that question, but I wanted to get back to the issue of climate change for a moment, because I do believe this is the existential issue.

AMNA NAWAZ: Senator, with all respect, this question is about race. Can you answer the question as it was asked?

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