One of the more controversial bits in Michael Moore’s latest picture, the Trump-focused “Fahrenheit 11/9,” is a scene in which the documentary filmmaker presents Trump as “the last president of the United States.”
The “Bowling for Columbine” director stood by the cryptic message in a Wednesday night interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.
“I think it’s possible, absolutely. I think that we have someone in the White House who has no respect for the rule of law, who dislikes democracy by an incredible degree, which doesn’t make him really any that much different from other billionaires or CEOs because their businesses are not democracies,” Moore said.
He continued, “They rule by fiat. They decide, they make the calls, and they don’t like anybody else having a say. They also like to take home the bulk of the money, with them.”
He added, “So this is — putting somebody like that in charge of a democracy is a very dangerous thing, and especially, it’s more dangerous with him because he has a complete lack of ideology.”
Moore recently showed his film at the Toronto Film Festival.
It will hit theaters across the country on September 21.
It’s important to remember that the current president has been — well, nothing but good for Moore.
He’s also had his own ideas about others who might be good for the presidency.
While the filmmaker stayed relatively silent during Barack Obama’s eight years in office — perhaps in fear of angering his leftist base — he has had a bit of a comeback under Trump.
Moore can be the anti-government “rebel” he likes to be so much.
“Fahrenheit 11/9” marks Moore’s second documentary focused on Trump.
This is in addition to a Broadway play completely focused on the president — plus an upcoming television show.
There’s no telling whether or not he remains a documentary filmmaker who can get people into the theater.
All of this being said, the release of “Fahrenheit 11/9” marks a big moment for Moore.
The filmmaker hasn’t had a full-blown hit since 2004’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” — a title he’s playing on with his new film — and though he’s been vocal under Trump, there’s no telling whether or not he can remain a documentary filmmaker who is able to get people into the theater with his newest project.
See below — and then, further down, check out the trailer for “Fahrenheit 11/9.”
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