Michael Moore Says Dems Need a Progressive Candidate to 'Excite The Base,' Otherwise Trump Will Win With 'More Rabid' Supporters

Thursday on the news program Democracy Now!, documentarian Michael Moore said that President Donald Trump's chances of reelection in the upcoming 2020 election were good if the Democrats cannot choose a candidate who can "excite the base."

Moore, director of such films as Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine, has been critical of both the Republican party and the Trump administration.

"You say, Michael, that if the election were held today, Trump would win," said co-host Amy Goodman, something that Trump himself as claimed.

"Hillary won by 3 million popular votes," Moore said. "I believe whoever the Democrat is next year is going to win by 4 to 5 million popular votes. There's no question in my mind that people who stayed home, who sat on the bench, they're going to pour out. There's going to be a much higher percentage of people voting against him."

"If the vote were today, I believe," Moore continued, "he would win the electoral states that he would need, because, living out there, I will tell you, his level of support has not gone down one inch. In fact, I'd say it's even more rabid than it was before, because they're afraid now. They're afraid he could lose, because they watched his behavior."

"So they are voracious in their appetite for Donald Trump," Moore added. "That's the bad news."

Trump tweeted on Friday that he agrees with Moore's assessment that he would win the Electoral College.

"He made same prediction in 2016. Nobody ever said Michael was stupid!" Trump wrote.

He made same prediction in 2016. Nobody ever said Michael was stupid! https://t.co/XDEzsTS1Pt

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2019
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Filmmaker Michael Moore told news program "Democracy Now!" Thursday that if the Democrats want to defeat President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, they need to choose a candidate who will "excite the base." Santiago Felipe/Getty

Moore said the Democrats do have a chance to defeat Trump if they choose a candidate who is more progressive and less center-leaning.

"What we have to do is we have to make sure that we don't give them another Hillary Clinton to vote for," Moore said.

"We will win when we put somebody on that ballot that excites the base—women, people of color, young people," Moore continued. "When they wake up that morning and they feel the way that many of us, many of you watching, felt the morning that you were going to—in 2008, and you were going to get to go and vote for Barack Obama."

"That feeling has got to happen in the 18-to-35-year-old demographic. It has to happen with people of color and with women. We already feel that way. They already feel that way," Moore said. "It's just, will they come out and vote for a centrist, moderate candidate? I don't think that is going to happen. They're going to come out and vote for the fighter, for the person that shares their values."

Despite the perceived weaknesses within the Democratic party right now, Moore said the president could be defeated if those who oppose him "rise up" and begin preparing for the 2020 election.

"I think hope is a fool's errand right now," he told Goodman. "We need action. I don't want anyone sitting around hoping. Forget hope. Get up. Rise up. Turn off the TV. Put down your device. Get out there and be involved in your neighborhood."

"If you don't want to work with the local Democrats, don't," Moore advised. "Organize people yourself. If people will just take their government in their own hands and do it right now, don't do it in May. Do it now. We have a chance here. We have a fighting chance."