Michael Moore: Trump can win if he focuses on midwestern states Clinton lost to Sanders
Michael Moore said Donald Trump can become president if he’s able to win the states that Hillary Clinton lost in the Democratic primary.
The filmmaker appeared Tuesday night on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes,” where he explained that Trump could win by focusing on Midwestern states such as Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, reported AlterNet.
“Our side of the political fence oftentimes does not come out to vote, and so, therefore, the other side, you know, they’re very good at getting up in the morning and going and (voting),” Moore said. “I think that should be a real concern.”
Clinton won Pennsylvania and Ohio, but she lost Wisconsin and Michigan to Bernie Sanders — and her Democratic opponent also won in Indiana and West Virginia, which she won in 2008.
Moore said polls showed Sanders, his favored candidate, stood a better chance at beating Trump than Clinton did — although he said both of them could beat the likely GOP nominee.
“I think his strategy will be to focus on the part of the county where I’m from, because he says things like, ‘If Ford takes that factory out of Detroit and brings it to Mexico — I shall tell them no,'” Moore said.
He said Clinton must win over Sanders voters if she wins the Democratic nomination, because the Vermont independent will not simply deliver those voters to her.
“There’s nine primaries left, and he’s ahead in the polls in six of those nine primaries,” Moore said. “That’s pretty damn good. He’s won 18, plus Democrats abroad — that’s 25 primaries for a guy who’s a democratic socialist.”
He pointed out that the election was still six months away, and Moore said there was still plenty of time before the convention for the primary races to take a shocking turn.
“I wouldn’t sit here and presume anything,” Moore said.
Hayes referred to some Michigan militia members Moore interviewed in his 1996 film, “Downsize This,” as examples of Americans who felt “left behind” by the economic gains enjoyed by others.
“The depression that takes place from people who have suffered through this time, through these last — really — couple of decades, it’s harder and harder for them to say, ‘Why bother? Why get up and go and vote?'” Moore said. “Because these are just politicians. Young people don’t like phony, they don’t like fake, and they have a good sniffer for BS. This is going to be Hillary’s problem, to get young people out to vote, because they sense that something’s not real here.”
Hayes said much of that perception was based on attacks by her critics over the past 25 years, and Moore agreed to a point.
“She’s been awfully abused for decades, but I think there’s a real problem here,” Moore said. “It shouldn’t be ignored.”
Watch the entire segment posted online by MSNBC: