Sitting down with a former democrat in a town hall setting, filmmaker Michael Moore appeared on The Messy Truth with Van Jones on the CNN news network to make sense of the 2016 election and what it means moving forward.
The Bowling for Columbine, Sicko and Where to Invade Next director slammed both major parties but warned that Donald Trump will not be the champion for the working class liked he promised on the campaign trail.
Jones opened proceedings on similar lines. “I think both political parties need to take a good long look in the mirror because right now, they both kind of suck," Jones said to introduce the show. "Let’s just be honest.”
Moore on the other hand provided some solace for those that voted blue in November.
“I think Democrats, people that voted for Hillary, first of all: feel good about the fact that the majority of Americans did not want Donald J. Trump as their president,” said Moore. "Take some comfort that your fellow Americans are with you.”
Moore: Michigan Is Outside "The Bubble"
Cutting through the sanitized world of politics, Moore admitted that Trump tapped into something that resonated with voters in the Electoral College.
“It’s why I think a lot of people were drawn to Trump, because he seems like that kind of guy who’s going to do something, and he understands the importance of the perception, and he understands how quickly he can change the perception too because he changes himself, you know, every other day,” argued Moore.
Yet he explains that the pain felt by people who felt neglected was genuine.
"I live in Michigan. I don’t live in the bubble,” started the director. “Many Americans have suffered over the last 20 years, and politicians have not helped them, so they’re angry.”
Moore: Trump Looks Out For Number One
Releasing Michael Moore in TrumpLand on the cusp of the election in October, the 62-year old issued a warning for those that gave him their tick of approval at the ballot box to outline that the billionaire will not introduce policies to help the poor, working and middle class of Americans.
“He has an ideology that he believes in, and it’s called Donald J. Trump," said Moore bluntly. "That’s what he’s going to make sure that he’s gonna take care of. I don’t think he’s going to do anything for you, the working person."
Jones continued to the show with Republican Rick Santorum alongside Republican strategist Ana Navarro on the CNN program, with the pair exchanging opinions on immigration, social and economic policies.