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‘Trump’s been the trailer trash of the millionaire class’: Michael Moore explains how GM ‘played’ the president

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Donald Trump eating McDonald's fast food aboard his private jet (screengrab from the president's Instagram account)

Academy Award-winning director Michael Moore explained how President Donald Trump was played by General Motors when GM announced devastating cuts to car production in North America.

Moore first came to public prominence with his 1989 movie “Roger and Me” which examined GM’s job cuts in his hometown of Flint, Michigan.

MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes played a 2-year-old clip Donald Trump campaigning in Warren, Michigan just before the 2016 presidential election.

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“If I’m elected, you won’t lose one plant. You’ll have plants coming into this country,” Trump guaranteed. “You’re going to have jobs again — you won’t lose one plant — I promise you. I promise you.”

“This is the thing about Trump is that he — he doesn’t understand how he’s been played by GM,” Moore noted.

“I’ve wondered in these two years why corporate America and Wall Street have been kind of quiet about Trump, because he has never been one of them,” he noted.

“To corporate America, to Wall Street, Trump’s been the trailer trash of the millionaire class,” Moore explained. “They never let him into their club, their exclusive high-end club.”

Moore put the plant closing in the context of the 2018 midterm election results.

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“Three weeks ago tonight, the people of Michigan and Wisconsin and Pennsylvania were all part of this Rust Belt, they already knew that they weren’t benefitting from the Trump presidency,” he argued.

“This is what happened with General Motors, people in Michigan today are — they’re angry at Trump and they’re angry at GM,” he explained. “They’re angry at both of them.”

Watch Moore on MSNBC — and below, the trailer for “Roger and Me”:

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