Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore appeared at the Rome Film Festival over the weekend to premiere his anti-Trump film “Fahrenheit 11/9” — which is currently flopping in theaters. And when speaking about it, he made his thoughts on America’s presidential election process clear: He wants to abolish the electoral college.
Moore referred to President Donald Trump and former President George W. Bush as America’s “two disasters.”
“[George W.] Bush and [Donald] Trump both lost the election,” he said. “Both got the least number of votes. Al Gore won by a half a million votes [in 2000]. Hillary Clinton won by 3 million votes. If we were a democracy, they [Gore and Clinton] should have been the presidents.”
“The Left, the Democrats, the liberals after Gore was denied the White House should have fought to remove that clause of the Constitution that allows the loser to sit in the White House,” he added.
“We should have done that 16 years ago.”
Why should anyone care about what Moore says? Here’s why.
While it is true that Bush did not win the popular vote in 2000 and Trump did not win it in 2016, Moore seems to misunderstand the purpose of the Electoral College, which is to protect states’ rights.
Most of the balloting that made Clinton win the popular vote came from one state, California. So the electoral college allows each state to have a fair say in who is president.
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Moore is right that the United States is not a direct democracy. It is a constitutional republic and has been since the Constitution was ratified in 1788.
At the Rome Film Festival, the “Bowling for Columbine” director also attempted to compare the sitting president to Adolf Hitler.
“Change can occur very quickly in a democracy,” he said, referencing Hitler’s rise in Germany, “because there is no self-correcting mechanism in democracy.”
“Literally, someone like Trump or [Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo] Salvini can get behind the wheel of the car of democracy, and drive it right off the cliff, and that’s what I’m warning against here,” he added. “We could be in the last days of democracy as we know it, and we need to fight against that as much as possible.”
This level of fearmongering is nothing new for Moore.
Last month, he predicted Trump might be the last president of the United States ever.
Check out the trailer for Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9,” below:
Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, and other outlets.