Michael Moore: Trump Is Self-Sabotaging His Campaign Because He Never Really Wanted the Job in the First Place … He’s running for president to get a better deal for “The Apprentice.” Michael Moore, AlterNet
Has film-maker Michael Moore revealed the truth about Donald Trump’s campaign? Is it just a publicity stunt gone wrong, and a malicious one?
Despite his tremendous success, there have always been those who believed he entered the race to surreptitiously assure Hillary’s election. The Clintons and Trump were longtime friends, after all, and the Clintons had attended his wedding.
We were aware of the questions. We even wrote an article in March called “Trump: Another Manchurian Candidate?
Here is our question, as close observers of the mainstream media: Is it propaganda of a sort? … Is Trump himself part of a deeper plan? After all, by providing a significant political service to very powerful individuals, Trump could gain significant professional advantages.
Michael Moore provides us with a simple explanation for Trump’s ascension. He wanted publicity that would help him get a better TV show. Unexpectedly, he sparked a tremendous reaction from an angry and frustrated electorate.
More from Moore:
Donald Trump never actually wanted to be president of the United States. I know this for a fact … There are certain people reading this right now, they know who they are, and they know that every word in the following paragraphs actually happened.
Trump was unhappy with his deal as host and star of his hit NBC show, “The Apprentice” (and “The Celebrity Apprentice”). Simply put, he wanted more money. He had floated the idea before of possibly running for president in the hopes that the attention from that would make his negotiating position stronger.
… On June 16 of last year, he rode down his golden escalator and opened his mouth.
Moore then writes the unexpected happened in several ways. First, Trump “went off the rails” and called Mexicans “rapists” and “drug dealers.”
And that caused NBC to fire him instead of offering him a bigger deal.
And once he had no show to go back to plus a tremendously successful campaign, Trump kept on going. The momentum was building and he couldn’t depart.
He never expected this, but he stuck to his plan anyway to increase his “value” in the eyes of the other networks by showing them how many millions of Americans wanted him to be their leader.
“Trump for President” was only a ruse, Moore writes, one that was going to last a few months.
Is this true? Certainly Trump’s entrance into the race and subsequent success is one of the more incredible political stories of this new century. Trump has been tremendously successful and we’re not at all sure the polls putting Hillary ahead are accurate. In fact, we’ve written that they are rigged, HERE.
Is Moore’s tale merely malicious? Past film clips of Trump, ones that go back 10 or 20 years or more, seem to show that he is passionate about the US and emotional about what he considers to be wrong with the country. We’ve even compared some of Trump’s approach to Jeffersonian Republicanism, HERE.
Conclusion: One thing is for certain, this is a weird electoral season that emphasizes how dysfunctional the primary political systems of the US have become. As a result, we can even ask, Is that somehow a plan as well? Are Western elites interested in seeing the US system reach a place of near-collapse or worse? We don’t discount the possibility.