Michael Moore Has a Plan to Win Over Middle America from a Broadway Stage

Michael Moore is surrendering to Trump—on Broadway, no less. Aimed at the 8 million Obama-turned-Trump voters, The Terms of My Surrender is the award-winning filmmaker's one-man debut.

"I've given up," Moore joked on Monday night's "The Last Word." 

"I've always wanted to do something live on the stage," he told host Lawrence O'Donnell. "I want to do something here in [New York] City... the global headquarters of corporate America, Wall Street, the epicenter of the media and the home of that great bastion of free expression, the American theater."

Moore weighed in on Trump's continued efforts to dismantle Obamacare, in which he faces resistance from Democrats and Republicans alike.

"In this country, people can still read, and this particular congressman from Missouri [Billy Long, who said he would vote against Trump's new health bill] knows what they're planning to do because he read it," Moore quipped. 

"Part of the propaganda machine [is] they think they're getting away with it, with tens of millions of people, if they just say something often enough and just repeat the lie, enough people will believe it," he added. 

But while Trump's base may buy it, "the good news is that we are the majority," Moore noted. "Myself and my fellow Americans who didn't vote for him."

O'Donnell pointed out that unlike Moore's Trumpland, shot in Wilmington, Ohio, his next effort will likely be "preaching to the converted."

Moore disagreed. 

"I'm planting my flag in a place where middle America shows up in the summer," explained the Flint native. "I probably can't convince the vast majority way on the right, but... remember, it was just 10,000 votes in Michigan." 


Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card


Thanks for your support!

Did you enjoy AlterNet this year? Join us! We're offering AlterNet ad-free for 15% off - just $2 per week. From now until March 15th.