Michael Moore warns Dems against taking Trump for granted: 'He knows exactly what he’s doing'
The filmmaker said the president is going to do well in 2020 as he hasn't lost any of his support
Filmmaker Michael Moore has said that President Donald J. Trump could pull off a re-election victory in 2020 despite criticism about his response to the COVID-19 crisis, and warned Democrats from getting too confident about a Joe Biden victory.
During an appearance on 'Real Time with Bill Maher', Moore said Trump is "going to do well" in November because he hasn't lost "any of his support."
"None of us should take him for granted," Moore said, referring to the president. "We need to behave as if he will win a second term," he continued. "Anybody who right now says, 'Oh no,' You're really part of the problem because you're not taking this seriously. He knows exactly what he's doing. He was just in Michigan this week. It's the third time he's been in Michigan in three weeks. He believes he's going to somehow pull this off."
It's worth noting that Moore was one of the few prominent liberal figures who predicted Trump's 2016 victory. Speaking to Maher, he likened the polls showing Biden ahead of Trump as "very similar" to the ones that showed Hillary Clinton leading four years ago. Nonetheless, he expressed confidence that Biden will win the "popular vote" but warned that Trump could "still win the electoral college."
"All of us have to really be in fighting mode because he is. He knows his people," Moore continued. "He will get all of that 44-46 percent out. He just needs a couple more percent of the people on his side who stayed home last time."
This was followed by Maher once again floating the possibility of Trump "refusing" to leave the White House if he loses in 2020. In response, Moore suggested he and Maher should team up and lead Trump's removal from office if law enforcement authorities weren't up to it.
"Listen, if that's the case, if the police don't do their job, there's you and me, Bill," Moore told Maher. "I mean, you and I are gonna go there -- or at least I'm inviting you to come with me -- but we're gonna go there and I think we could get thousands, millions of Americans to show up and escort him in the best eviction ever that has taken place in the United States and remove him from that building. He's not staying!"
Moore has been a vocal Trump critic.
In March, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker suggested that Trump was more dangerous than the new deadly coronavirus because he was creating a "false ignorance" by spreading misinformation. Moore made the statement while talking to MSNBC anchor Brian Williams. "If you have the president telling people it's a hoax -- that there's nothing to worry about, that it will disappear as he said yesterday, and it'll be a miracle ... which is more dangerous? The virus or a president who says that," the filmmaker said. "Because at least if we were honest and knew everything about the virus, and the facts were all out there, science could start to deal with it."
Moore was a Bernie Sanders supporter before the Vermont senator withdrew from the race. Last year, Moore insisted Biden was the "Hillary" of 2020.