Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore continues to denounce President-elect Donald Trump but has offered a defense of those who voted for him, asserting that their motivations were not based on racism.
On Nov. 11, Moore discussed the fallout of the presidential election during a panel on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
The filmmaker, who has vowed to mobilize a historic resistance against the incoming Trump administration, stressed that Trump voters were not culpable in his perceived racism, citing that many of the same voters who had voted for the business mogul had also voted for President Barack Obama.
“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 racists. They twice voted for a man whose middle name is Hussein. That’s the America we live in.”
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The documentary filmmaker asserted that Trump’s voters had been motivated by economic strain and a sense that they had been left behind.
“But if you put people through another eight years [where] there’s no middle-class jobs, they’re struggling to get by, the basic things like the price of a box of cereal doubles … these are the things that are important to people because they’re living from paycheck to paycheck,” Moore said.
On July 21, the filmmaker had accurately predicted that Trump would win by taking the Rust Belt of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. He announced his confidence that Trump would win during a segment on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
“Mitt Romney lost by 64 electoral votes,” Moore said. “The total electoral votes of those four states? 64. All he has to do is win those four states.”
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Despite his steadfast confidence that Trump would win the election, Moore has consistently urged Trump voters to reject him, accusing the business mogul of being a fraud who is exploiting their economic fears.
“You’re not going to be better off with this billionaire who’s never spent a day in his life worrying about you, caring about you, doing anything for you,” Moore told Fox News.
On Nov. 9, journalist Glenn Greenwald echoed Moore’s assessment of the Rust Belt dissatisfaction in a scathing op-ed in The Intercept.
Greenwald asserted that after decades of being ignored by the establishment and financial elites, rural citizens of the U.S. and the U.K. had had enough, writing that voters decided “purposely defy them and try to impose punishment and relation."
“Their instruments for retaliation are Brexit and Trump,” Greenwald wrote. “Those are their agents, dispatched on a mission of destruction: aimed at a system and culture they regard — not without reason — as rife with corruption and, above all else, contempt for them and their welfare."