Michael Moore, the liberal filmmaker who became one of the few prominent voices to correctly predict a 2016 election victory for President Trump, made the same prediction Friday night if the 2020 election was held today.
Mr. Moore was speaking to HBO host Bill Maher on “Real Time” Friday night when the two got in a heated discussion over the future of the Democratic Party. Mr. Moore defended far-left policies like “Medicare for All” while Mr. Maher said the country wasn’t ready for such radical change.
“You were ahead of the curve for so many years,” Mr. Moore lamented. “Why pull back now, Bill, and say we have to go to the center to be safe?”
“Because the country isn’t there,” Mr. Maher fired back. “The country is not for Medicare for All. … As Nancy Pelosi points out, Obamacare is a better benefit. The Medicare for All doesn’t pay for catastrophic, you gotta do that yourself.”
“Look, Bill, we’re going to beat Trump,” replied Mr. Moore.
“Well, that’s not a helpful thing to say,” Mr. Maher said. “As you know, we’re the two guys who said Trump was gonna win.”
“I will say if the election were tonight, Trump would win,” Mr. Moore responded. “That’s how dangerous it is. … You have to respect the evil genius of this guy and how he gets away with every f—-ing thing.”
“Yes, exactly right,” Mr. Maher said.
Mr. Maher then cited Mr. Trump’s campaign strategy of branding the Squad, a group referring to far-left Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, as the new face of the Democratic Party.
Mr. Moore said he’s OK with that narrative.
“People love them. People of color love them. Women love them,” he said of the Squad.
“They’re unpopular,” Mr. Maher responded. “Not one of them has an approval rating above 25%, so you’re making this up. They’re not beloved, these people, because they don’t believe in things a lot of people believe in.”
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