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Michael Moore: Trump Is Smarter Than Anyone Thinks

| by Oren Peleg

Documentarian and activist Michael Moore is continuing his attacks on President-elect Donald Trump. In a recent interview, the filmmaker warned that Trump should not be underestimated.

According to Variety, who published their interview with Moore on Jan. 17, the filmmaker first met the president-elect in 1998.

"I met him in 1998," Moore began. "Roseanne Barr -- after her sitcom was over, they gave her a talk show. I was on, and Trump was there in the green room. He sees me, goes to the producer, and says, 'I can’t be on the same show. I saw that General Motors movie, and he’s going to attack me.'"

In November, following Trump's election, Moore predicted that the newly-minted president-elect would not finish his first term.

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"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," Moore told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "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.”

In his account of first meeting Trump, Moore adds that people assume Trump is not smart, but Moore warns that that is exactly how Trump plays people.

"The producer said [to me], 'Is there any way you can help me?'" Moore recounted of his 1998 meeting with Trump, reports Variety. "I said, 'Oh brother, I’ll go talk to him.' I walked over, shook his hand -- it was very clammy. I don’t honestly remember the size, but it was moist. He said, 'We don’t have to mix it up out there.' I said, 'Why do you assume that about me? I’m from Michigan. We don’t really know you. The only thing that sticks in my head is you were one of the few guys that was on the cover of Playboy.' He laughed. I said, 'It’s Roseanne. She’s a comedian. You have nothing to worry about here.'"

In October 2016, Moore released a documentary film titled "Trumpland" in which he turned a critical eye on the 2016 presidential election.

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"He stayed, and we did the show," Moore continued, according to Variety. "And it wasn’t until last year that it hit me: People think he’s stupid -- he’s not stupid at all. He played me; he got me to not be myself, to not talk any anti-corporate talk. I thought I was going over to relax him. What he was doing was undoing me so I wouldn’t be Michael Moore. This guy is good."

Sources: Variety, The Hill, Morning Joe/Twitter / Photo credit: Jake Chessum/Variety

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