Michael Moore Has Some Good Ideas About Who Should Be the Next Democratic Presidential Nominee
Filmmaker Michael Moore joined CNN’s Don Lemon for an election postmortem that included a look at the drop-off in voters who went to the polls. Referring to a graphic showing overall voter decline—and a massive decline in the number of Democrats who made it to the polls—Lemon suggested a severe lack of enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton was the culprit.
“Do you think it was a woman thing?” Lemon asked Moore. “Because I’m hearing a lot of, Michelle Obama, 2020."
“Well, that’s a good idea,” Moore responded. “Can we say you thought of it first?”
Moore noted that misogyny and sexism had played a role in the election, and that Trump had fanned the flames of both. But he also pointed to the need for more compelling candidates.
“Democrats need to start running people who are inspiring. The Republicans, they run Ronald Reagan. They run Schwarzenegger. Why aren’t we running Tom Hanks or Oprah? I don’t say that as a joke. Why don’t we run people that are beloved by the American people?”
After a back-and-forth about the role of Bernie Sanders and #BernieBros (Lemon said both had “damaged Hillary Clinton more so than Donald Trump did,” while Moore pushed back on this point), the conversation turned to post-election protests around the country. Moore, who urged civil disobedience and more in his 7-point plan for swiftly getting Trump out of the White House, reemphasized why pushing back against the president-elect should be job one for every progressive.
“His presidency has to be opposed right now,” Moore said. “His presidency started two days ago. That’s the attitude people have to have. Remember, the Republicans were ready to start the impeachment hearings on day one against Hillary Clinton, all right? The other side needs to be ready to roll right now to do whatever needs to be done.”
Check out the rest of their conversation, which includes the two joking about Trump’s frightened demeanor now that he realizes he actually has to start presidenting, as well as the refusal of liberals to believe the worst could happen.