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Michael Moore says he knows ‘for a fact’ Trump doesn’t want to be president

'Trust me, I've met the guy.'


Christine Friar


Posted on Aug 17, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 6:01 am CDT

The king of hot takes, Michael Moore, has weighed in yet again, and this time it’s on the likelihood of a Donald Trump presidency.

The documentary filmmaker published a blog post Tuesday entitled “Is Trump purposely sabotaging his campaign?” and in it, he makes a bold claim: Trump doesn’t want to win the presidency at all, and perhaps he’ll drop out before the election even takes place. Writes the filmmaker and liberal activist: 

Donald Trump never actually wanted to be President of the United States. I know this for a fact. I’m not going to say how I know it. I’m not saying that Trump and I shared the same agent or lawyer or stylist or, if we did, that that would have anything to do with anything. And I’m certainly not saying that I ever overheard anything at those agencies or in the hallways of NBC or anywhere else. But there are certain people reading this right now, they know who they are, and they know that every word in the following paragraphs actually happened.

After a series of recent gaffes and misguided remarks, Moore posits that Trump may be intentionally trying to make himself look unfit for the presidency at the last minute. 

According to Moore:

Unless he is just “crazy,” the only explanation for the unusual ramping up, day after day, of one disgustingly reckless statement after another is that he’s doing it consciously (or subconsciously) so that he’ll have to bow out or blame “others” for forcing him out. Many now are sensing the end game here because they know Trump seriously doesn’t want to do the actual job — and, most importantly, he cannot and WILL NOT suffer through being officially and legally declared a loser — LOSER! — on the night of November 8th.

Trust me, I’ve met the guy. Spent an afternoon with him. He would rather invite the Clintons AND the Obamas to his next wedding than have that scarlet letter (“L”) branded on his forehead seconds after the last polls have closed on that night, the evening of the final episode of the permanently cancelled Donald Trump Shit-Show.

While Moore seems confident in his analysis, he does neglect to mention one pretty important factor: Trump’s continued popularity. Though he’s polling about 7-8 percentage points behind Hillary Clinton nationally (a gap that no candidate has previously been able to overcome), this election has contained a lot of firsts. 

It might be best to still, you know, plan on voting. 

H/T Vulture

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*First Published: Aug 17, 2016, 2:05 pm CDT