Michael Moore Interview With Variety About Donald Trump 2017
Michael Moore Predicts Trump Will "Get Away With" His Muslim Ban
Michael Moore famously predicted that Donald Trump would win the election at a time when the mere idea was laughable to many Americans. Now, in a new interview with Variety magazine, the documentary filmmaker is making even more predictions about what a Trump presidency will bring once the president-elect is sworn in on Jan. 20.
Trump will ban Muslims: "What you're going to see is, on day one, he's going to rescind a dozen or more of Obama's executive-branch regulations. On day two, Republicans will start printing laws the way you print fliers for a homecoming dance. Before the liberals and the Democrats can get their heads screwed on straight, they'll have 20 laws passed. Building a wall. Creating a Muslim ban. He's shown how he's going to do it. He's going to get away with it by making it a ban on Muslims who come from the following countries. He needs just enough cover for his crowd to say, 'Oh, he's being reasonable there. He's not banning all Muslims.'"
Trump will build a wall: "You have to take Trump at his word. I still hear people say, 'Oh, he's not really going to build the wall.' Oh, he is going to build it. He knows that he's got to deliver at least a version of the wall."
Despite those predictions, Moore holds out hope for the future. "Don't be afraid. You're in the majority. You don't have to convince the majority of your fellow Americans that this is bad; it was done for you by Donald J. Trump," he said.
"What did the suffragettes go through? How did they convince all male legislatures to give them the vote? Civil rights, antiwar — any time these movements begin, they're always in the minority, and they have to try to move public opinion," he reminded. "We don't have to do that this time. So be brave. Be bold. Get up off the couch. Get active. Get involved."
Read more of Moore's thoughts on the new presidency in Variety.