Michael Moore has been unsurprisingly outspoken this election season. Last year he was among the first to predict that Donald Trump would win the Republican nomination for president, and late last month he listed five reasons why the GOP candidate could actually win. Today he’s in the Huffington Post with a new article titled “Trump Is Self-Sabotaging His Campaign Because He Never Really Wanted The Job In The First Place,” which posits that the Republican standard-bearer only ran in order to increase his media profile — and now the situation has gone further than even Trump thought it would.
Others have suggested similarly over the past year, owing largely to Trump’s unorthodox (to put it mildly) campaign strategy. Despite never intending to make it this far, Moore argues, “Trump, to his own surprise, ignited the country, especially among people who were the opposite of billionaires. He went straight to #1 in the polls of Republican voters. Up to 30,000 boisterous supporters started showing up to his rallies. TV ate it up.”
The turning point came the night Trump won the New Jersey primary, the Oscar-winning filmmaker contends, which spurred “the realization that now he was going to have to go through with this stunt that he started. It was no longer going to be performance art. He was going to have to go to work.”
Moore has an explanation for Trump’s sharp decline in the polls over the last few weeks, too: “Maybe the meltdown of the past three weeks was no accident. Maybe it’s all part of his new strategy to get the hell out of a race he never intended to see through to its end anyway.” He saves his sharpest barb for last, calling Trump “the logical conclusion to a party that has lived off the currency of racism and bigotry and fellating the 1 percent for decades, and now their Trump has come home to roost.” Read the full piece at HuffPo.