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Michael Moore: I Don't Wish Trump Ill, He 'Is Ill'


By    |   Friday, 11 November 2016 01:03 PM

Michael Moore may have predicted Donald Trump's win, but he said Friday he takes no joy in that.

But, he doesn't think Americans will "have to suffer" through his full first four years in office, because he'll eventually, but "maybe unintentionally," break some laws.

"He has no ideology except the ideology of Donald J. Trump," the documentary filmmaker told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program.

The panel discussion that ended up stretching to nearly 45 minutes — without a commercial break — while the talk grew heated between Moore, show hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, New York Times writer Anand Giridharadas, and Eddie Glaude Jr., chairman of the Center for African-American Studies at Princeton.

"When you have a narcissist like that, he will maybe unintentionally break laws," Moore said. "He will break laws, because he's only thinking about what's best for him."

Moore denied he was wishing Trump ill, because he "is ill."

"He is a racist," said Moore. "He is a misogynist, an authoritarian. A philosopher who is no longer with us wrote a book in 1980 called 'Friendly Fascism.' He said the fascism of the 21st century would not be concentration camps and cattle cars and all of that. It would come with a smiley face, maybe even a TV show. And he would be popular and he would say all the right things and people will willingly bring him in and give up their rights even to him. This is what we're facing."

The demonstrations going on against Trump's election will continue, Moore said, and he thinks they'll grow.

"All he has to do is start nominating Rudy Giuliani as attorney general and things like that or the Supreme Court," said Moore, who first supported Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and then Hillary Clinton for the presidency. "This is going to be a massive resistance. There's already women are calling for a 'Million Woman March' on Inauguration Day, and there's going to be the largest demonstration ever on Inauguration Day and there will be demonstrations, but we're also going to organize."

Moore said many people ridiculed him for predicting Trump would win the nomination and presidency, but he said he knows the people of middle America because, as a native of Flint, Mich., he is also one of those people.

"I said this man is going to be the Republican nominee," Moore said. "I said it on Bill Maher. Everyone laughed. They thought I was joking. I said, 'Well, that's because fellow lefty liberals like you don't watch 'Celebrity Apprentice.' Most of you don't own a TV, I watch 'American Idol.' I know that Jennifer lost to Fantasia. I watch 'The Bachelorette.'"

He pushed back on Glaude, however, who argued Trump's win came, in part, to "racial animus."

"You have to accept that millions of people who voted for Barack Obama, some of them once, some of them twice, changed their minds this time," Moore said. "They're not racist. They twice voted for a man whose middle name is Hussein. That's the America you live in."

Scarborough pointed out that one can't ask people who are having troubles to come out of "the bubble" and choose a candidate.

"You don't ask a single mom in Flint, Mich., whose kids are drinking contaminated water to understand our feelings in Manhattan, to come out of their bubble," he said. "Oh, no, they're not in a bubble. They're living it every day, Michael."

"They're living in hell," Moore agreed. "If you're lucky enough to have a relative in Detroit, you drive the kids an hour and a half every Saturday for the one bath of the week. That's the reality."

Meanwhile, with Thanksgiving coming up, Giridharadas said the holiday will be an "amazing opportunity" for Americans to discuss what they learned and how it has changed them."

"I just can't wait to go back home to Mississippi," Glaude agreed. "I can't wait for my Jamaican in-laws to come for Thanksgiving and for us to talk about what this means to us because the future is in our hands, it seems to me."

Moore said he thinks the thing to do is agree that Americans have more in common than what they disagree on.

"If we make a list of the things we care about, we want great schools for our kids, we want to breathe clean air," said Moore. "We do believe the polar ice caps are melting. Women, if they're doing the same job as men, should be paid the same amount of money. We agree on more of those things. The somethings we don't agree on, whether it's guns or abortion or gay marriage, you know, let's just agree to disagree."

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