Michael Moore accurately forecast Trump winning the 2016 election, even when many people dismissed him and said that either he was being paranoid, or he was just making sure that Hillary Clinton voters showed up.
He insisted that he was being serious. He knew the Midwest, knew the people who would go out and vote for Trump, and said that many Democrats and progressives (note that I made a differentiation there) would be in for a shock.
As it turns out, he was absolutely right. Not only did Trump end up winning, but where he shocked most people with just how well he did was in the old rust belt of the Midwest - just like Moore had accurately predicted.
There are reasons for this, of course. These people collectively knew a quality of life there that no longer exists. They can remember a time when their states were more prosperous, but the good quality manufacturing jobs started going at some point, and they have been vanishing ever since. What these people want to hear is someone telling them that he can make good quality manufacturing jobs come back, and that is what Donald Trump told these people as a candidate.
They believed him, and they held Hillary Clinton particularly in contempt, and that is why he got their votes.
Now, there is a good chance that he will not be able to deliver on all of his grandiose promises. Perhaps the first real signal of this was the fact that he loaded his administration with billionaires just like him. Not exactly a crowd that can relate to the struggles of real working Americans, right?
So much for draining the swamp.
Okay, so, the fact that these people out in the Midwest, in what is often considered flyover country, voted for someone who is more likely to hurt them than truly help them is not all that surprising, although it is alarming. And let's recognize that Moore got it exactly right about the Midwest. He understood that the polls were troubled and wrong, that people, once in the privacy of the voting booth, would opt for the man that they did not admit to supporting in the public, when Trump was a source of mockery and shame.
Now, we have President-elect Trump, and Michael Moore has some more predictions.
Specifically, he is now saying that President Trump will not complete his first term in office. That, in effect, he will be booted out within two years!
That might sound pretty out there, far-fetched, right?
True, but a lot of people thought that about the possibilities of Trump winning the White House, as well. And Trump won the White House.
Plus, Trump has been in some hot water lately because, as President-elect, he has shown a decided reluctance to give up his business interests which happen to be a conflict of interest in terms of American foreign policy and influence by outside governments. A party celebrating Bahrain's 45th national day at Trump Tower in the nation's capital is a case in point. This really could have wide ramifications, and also could spell serious trouble for Trump once he is actually inaugurated. Here is what Moore had to say:
"Here’s what’s gonna happen, this is why we’re not gonna have to suffer through four years of Donald J. Trump, because he has no ideology except the ideology of Donald J. Trump. And when you have a narcissist like that, who’s so narcissistic where it’s all about him, he will, maybe unintentionally, break laws. He will break laws because he’s only thinking about what’s best for him.”
Indeed, it might sound far-fetched, but then again, Trump's presidency itself seemed like a remote possibility to many not all that long ago. Look what's happened since.
Now, we are watching him assemble his cabinet, as he prepares for his inauguration. And speaking of his inauguration, Moore had something to say about that, and the resistance which he will meet once he officially becomes the nation's leader:
"We are going to resist, we are going to oppose. This is going to be a massive resistance. Women are calling for a million-women march on Inauguration Day and there is going to be the largest demonstration ever."
So, unprecedented resistance to a new president right from the first day, and the possibility of his being impeached very quickly?
Yes, that is what Moore is suggesting. And we might want to listen to him this time, because believe it or not, stranger things have happened. For further proof of that, just take a look at who's been elected to the highest office in the land, after all.
Michael Moore: Trump won't finish his first term BY BROOKE SEIPEL - 11/11/16