For years now we’ve counted on the documentary filmmaker to be not just wrong, but spectacularly wrong.
Take 2002’s “Bowling for Columbine,” which proclaimed Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were inspired by living so close to military contractor Raytheon and its evil missile factory. (It also forgot to mention Raytheon’s Denver plant builds communication satellites, not missiles.)
Moore predicted Donald Trump would win.
Not only did “Bowling for Columbine” fail to bring about the end of American gun culture, it also narrowly preceded both the vast surge of gun sales over the last 15 years, the overall relaxation of draconian gun-control laws, and the plummeting crime rate. But the critics loved it.
Then came 2004’s “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which was so solidly packed with disinformation and inaccuracy it sparked a minor industry of books and documentaries just to debunk it. Not only did the film, released just before the 2004 election, fail to oust President George W. Bush, it also ushered in an embarrassing rout of Democrats in the House, the Senate and numerous gubernatorial races. But again, the critics (surprise!) loved it.
Next Moore graced us with 2007’s “Sicko,” which said with a straight face that Cuba’s health care system was far superior to that of the United States.
With a track record like that, it’s not surprising no one paid attention back in July when Moore posted this note on his website: “5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win.”
Moore was still laughably off the mark about WHY Trump would win, citing racism and a few of his trademark conspiracy theories — although he did note that Hillary Clinton has just a wee bit of trouble with being trustworthy and likable.
Moore saw the problems Trump saw. “You are living in a bubble that comes with an adjoining echo chamber,” Moore wrote on his blog, “where you and your friends are convinced the American people are not going to elect an idiot for president.”
He was right about that, too, although the part about who the American people didn’t want in office pinpointed the wrong idiot, to put it delicately. But let’s give credit where credit is due: Moore did indeed call the election for Trump four months in advance. And he portrayed it again in his movie, “Trumpland,” which featured a section showing how Trump could reach a presidential victory.
Now? Oh, he’s reverted back to form: He immediately joined the chorus of hopeless, stunned liberals begging the Electoral College to ignore the election results and put Hillary in office anyway, if not to abolish the Electoral College entirely (he’s also calling for elections to be moved to weekends and for felons to be allowed to vote).
And last Saturday he posted a bizarre, incoherent video of himself barging into Trump Tower and demanding an immediate face-to-face with the president-elect.
“I’m going to join the people who’ve formed a protest of this racist sociopath on his way to the White House,” Moore said in a Facebook post.
He’s gotten a lot of mileage over the incident, complaining that the Secret Service turned him away and that Trump didn’t immediately drop everything to talk with him.
Moore must be grateful to Trump for revitalizing his faltering career after an eight-year drought with Obama in office — while the election results mean we just have to learn to tune Michael Moore out all over again.