Michael Moore speaks on Fahrenheit 11/9, a 2020 Trump victory, the Democrats' failures, and Brexit
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Michael Moore is back with his latest documentary Fahrenheit 11/9, which tackles the great question on everyone’s lips: How the fuck did this happen? Yet even more importantly, Moore asks: What can be done to fix it? The National Student spoke with the legendary documentary-filmmaker about his latest work. “There’s nothing to indicate that Trump won’t get a second term at this point. The Democratic party is an inept organisation that doesn’t know how to run campaigns or candidates, or just how to run people who are beloved by Americans. So, you can hope it won’t happen, but hope, as the movie points out, is not a method. When you’re in ninth grade in the US, you’re shown a 20-minute documentary in sex ed called ‘hope is not a method’… that’s about where we’re at.” Despite presenting a very optimistic view of the American youth and the future they may bring for the country, Moore nonetheless states that “I haven’t felt any hope for some time… the film was made with a lot of despair that people are feeling, and the realisation that [Trump] can’t be beaten. It’s just starting to dawn on people. I’ve been trying to tell people since before he was elected that he was going to beat us, and everyone would laugh at me thinking I was making a joke, you know.” “People are starting to realise what I’ve said from the beginning, which is that he’s outsmarted all of us. And that he’s smarter than us, and that part of his performance art is coming off as such a dumbass, and he’s anything but.” Despite many media outlets still playing Trump off as darkly comedic relief (think of the way his Tweets are presented in the news), and many people still believing him dangerous only in his stupidity, Michael Moore emphasises that Trump is in fact dangerously brilliant. “How he got Brett Kavanaugh through is just a piece of his genius, and smart people keep asking ‘How did that happen?’ They still haven’t figured him out yet. “And they’ve had a lot of time! He’s been around New York for forty years doing the same shtick, and the press never took him seriously; they always took him as a joke and as tabloid fodder, front-page of the Rupert Murdoch papers, that kind of stuff. That’s who Trump was, and we’ve never paid any attention to what he’s actually been doing, which is screwing people.” Despite Moore’s clear wariness of the word ‘hope’, however, “in terms of what I hope for politically, that’s based on what happens in the election in November. I hope that people will come and vote, even in a country where the largest political party is the non-voter party.” And what does he think will come of the midterms? “You can’t predict the midterms," he explains. "There could be such a tsunami of women and young people that could show up to vote, that it’s going to crush them like they’ve never been crushed before – he says in the middle of a prayer – or what Steve Bannon says, that they're (the Republicans) going to win by one or two seats, because everyone on the Democrats’ side is already popping the champagne corks and saying that this one’s in the bag, like they did with Hillary. So for the next few weeks, if everyone’s not out there knocking on doors and getting people out to vote, then Trump will remain in power.” Though permission was not given to have the meeting filmed, and it therefore could not be included in the documentary, Michael Moore interviewed former White House Chief Strategist and former executive chairman of Breitbart News, Steve Bannon. “I asked him how he did it,” Moore recounts, “how he pulled this off, and he said that ‘The difference between our side and your side, is that we go for a head wound, and your side has pillow fights’, and I just looked at him and I thought, ‘Wow… the truth of that is immense’.”
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