Filmmaker Michael Moore Wonders Why 'New York Never Took Care of Trump'

During an interview on Rolling Stone's Useful Idiots podcast, filmmaker Michael Moore spoke at length about President Donald Trump. While he broke down why Trump won in 2016, he also wondered "why New York never took care of Trump."

Moore theorized Trump would not have had the same level of fame prior to the 2016 election had his home base been a Midwestern city instead of New York. "If that guy, with the way he is, was from Detroit or Pittsburgh or Milwaukee or any of a number of other places I could state, he never would have been foisted on the rest of you--the rest of the country," the Fahrenheit 11/9 director said. "He would've been dealt with."

Moore also broke down the president's relationship with New York tabloids prior to his election campaign. "All he was was tabloid entertainment to the people of New York," he said. "He was a punchline: The Donald."

Fahrenheit 11/9, Moore's most recent film, depicts the events and reasoning that led to Trump's election in the 2016 election. In a 2016 MSNBC interview, Moore predicted that Trump would be impeached before his term was finished. "This is why we're not going to have to suffer through four years of Donald J. Trump, because he has no ideology, except the ideology of Donald J. Trump," he said. "When you have a narcissist like that, who's so narcissistic where it's all about him, he will--maybe unintentionally-break laws."

Moore also said in the Rolling Stone interview posted Thursday he considered approaching Trump to address the Flint, Michigan water crisis, despite his criticism of the president. The Fahrenheit 11/9 director offered a hypothetical conversation with Trump. "I would say to him, 'Look, you and I are about as opposite as things can get, and my mission is to remove you from this house that you are currently occupying. But if you'd like to be remembered for something good, if there's one thing you know, it's construction,'" he said. "'You should come to Flint and fix the water.'"

The director also said that he felt that humor was a useful tool to cut down Trump. Moore recounted a strategy he'd offered Hillary Clinton's campaign a "hidden comedy shiv" to instigate the president during the debates. "Trump has such thin skin," he said. The director stated that he'd hoped to give Clinton the tools to "go under that thin skin and have him implode live on national television." He believed it would show Americans that Trump is "unhinged" in addition to being great TV.

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Michael Moore attends the 6th Annual DOC NYC Visionaries Tribute at Gotham Hall on November 07, 2019 in New York City. Santiago Felipe/Getty