As Donald Trump enjoys a post-convention bounce in the polls, here’s more bad news to mull over. On last night’s Real Time with Bill Mahr, über-liberal documentarian Michael Moore made a terrifying prediction: Trump is going to win by a landslide in November because the Democrats (as usual) are too lazy and too complacent.
“One of the things I’ve been concerned about this week is we’re all sitting in our bubble, having a good laugh at this total, as you said, shitshow, but the truth is that this plays to a lot of people that he has to win to become the next president,” Moore said of the chaos that has unfolded at the Republican National Convention, like when the crowd starting screaming about locking up Hillary Clinton.
“And I have to say, I’m sorry to be the buzzkill here to early on, but I think Trump is gonna win,” Moore said to boos from the crowd, who didn’t like the suggestion that the U.S. election could go the way of the Brexit vote.
Here are his 5 reasons to be worried:
1. The Rust Belt/Brexit Strategy
“Mitt Romney lost by 64 electoral votes. The total votes of [Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania ]… 64,” Moore told Maher. “All he has to do is win those four states.”
2. The Trump Family
Trump’s main surrogates—his own family—have become Republican National Convention superstars, and their testimonials really cause voters to consider, “well if he raised them, he can’t be so bad, right?” Moore points out that the family members are not really looking like the “hostages” liberal voters might have thought they would. In fact, “between [Melania] and the children, none of them have offerered any of the sort of anecdotes that you would expect,” Moore pointed out.
3. Make America Great Again? How About Just Reality Television
Moore believes Trump doesn’t even want to be in the White House; that he’ll give it to Mike Pence and his children after buying an estate in Fairfax. “The thing that we’re describing… ‘Make America Great Again’… He’s gonna turn his presidency into a reality show; a literal reality show. But if I say that, millions are gonna go, ‘F*ck yea,'” Moore said.
4. Angry White Men Vote
While statiscally, Trump needs as many as 7/10 white guys to win the presidency, Moore insists that angry white men are incredibly dependable when it comes to voting. “White men over 35 are only 19 percent of the country, but that’s 40 million voters, and I’m telling you they’re going to be out there [at the polls],” Moore said.
5. The Two Sides Don’t Even Talk Anymore
It’s worth investigating the yearlong conundrum of why poor, middle-American voters identify so well with an ego-centric real estate mogul from New York. “When you say, he hasn’t read a book in his adult life, you’ve just described the majority of Americans. Get out of your bubble, everybody!” Moore urged.
Hmmm. That first one is the scariest to me. If anyone knows how the Rust Belt thinks, it’s Michael Moore. (via alternet)