STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
Michael Moore Claims Trump Doesn’t Want to Be President
By Daily Bell Staff - August 17, 2016

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?

An excerpt:

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.

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  • tenaya

    Why would one give any credence to Michael Moore’s viewpoint?

    • We didn’t giver it credence. We reported on it. It’s all over the ‘Net.

    • john cummins

      I never have and yet I said going back a full year ago that Trump seemed to be a Clintone plant. I think he unexpectedly gained traction. I still believe he might stop at any point. He could even become President and appoint the Witch, who knows as VP. Strange year!

  • Praetor

    Moore! Another commie, who thinks government is the answer to all that ails us.

    Trumps motives are an unknown, if he is a Jeffersonian Republican now, he’s on the right track. Smaller fed gov is all we can hope for at this point.

    If they want collapse as they did to the Soviet Union. Well, you could say the people will be more free and liberated, albeit at great cost.

    Freedom and Liberty always wins, because that’s the Natural Law of things. It just takes a spark and people wake-up, then realize that is the only way to live.

    May the Monarchs of destruction parish from this earth!!!

  • apberusdisvet

    For years Trump has been castigating the Chinese and their inferior products, railed against PC-ness, and has promulgated a version of America First. I, for one, could never understand why, in my own country, I had to press “1” for English. Trump made a similar comment some years back. Moore is full of it.

    • esqualido

      Trump could, you know, have manufactured his suits or shirts in the U.S.: Hart Shaffner and Marx do; he could have made his shoes in the U.S. as New Balance and orthers do. But, for a nickel’s extra profit, a profit-maximizing entrepreneur will ship the entire job abroad, and that is exactly what Trump did. (Read in today’s paper about how GM, to save a buck per airbag, farmed the job to Takata, despite warnings.) And yet he fools you into thinking he is dead-set on “bringing the jobs back” to the good old U.S.A. Shame on anyone who buys it.

  • rinzai

    BS

  • FreeOregon

    No one in his or her right mind would want to be President of the United States. The task becomes balancing the several syndicates that threaten the President with force if he or she tries to change anything.

    And then, looming up front, the probability of becoming Herbert Hoover in the 21st century.

    • esqualido

      Where else can you take a job paying $400,000 /year, fly anywhere you and your family want on the taxpayers’ dime, live free in the White House or any number of fat cat mansions or gated resorts, play golf every day, and, when it’s all over, end up a billionaire. I think that is what motivates Hillary- she has not gotten over the withdrawal pain yet.

  • Clayton Smith

    More of the Daily Bell joining in the disinformation campaign. Trump is a pragmatic nationalist, who correctly sees the consequences of the policies that our globalist elites are pursuing. He is certainly not the most eloquent voice on the stage and his narcissistic tendencies galore, including a shot from the hip reaction style. He is also not particularly informed, either on the nuances of various policies nor on the history behind them, but he has the basics correct. Course reversal is necessary, ASAP!

    • We wrote that Moore’s statement might be malicious. And we have compared some of Trump’s policies to Jeffersonian Republicanism. So we are not anti-Trump, nor offering disinformation. We are reporting on a column. The Trump story invites speculation, no matter how successful he is.

  • chris

    After studying Trump extensively, I have a difficult time believing he would ever take something on knowing in advance the plan was to lose. Loosing does not appear to be in his lexicon. Watch closely to what he has said for 20 years….he would only enter if he believed he could win. Michael Moore is a no-talent hack propagating an old story in search of publicity.

    • Yes, we pointed out he has expressed passion about his political views for many years. They seem genuine.

    • greatguy999

      The man is a highly experienced deal maker. What if he has a deal with the Clintons? It’s like I hear Bill say:

      “Mr. Trump, run as a Republican to flush out all those jokers in the primaries; then campaign in the general elections to make Hillary look good. Then, you can get all the contracts you want to your heart’s content. No government harassments of any kind. Your kids are good too.”

  • MetaCynic

    It makes no sense that Trump, a billionaire who cannot bear to lose at anything, would, first, make the run for the presidency for the relatively petty reason of elevating his profile in order to make more money on a TV show and then slacken off after blowing away the entire Republican establishment’s field of candidates. We’re to believe that this guy with the enormous ego is going to throw the election just because he once gave money to the Clintons and supposedly likes them! That making more money as a host of a silly TV show is a bigger boost to his ego than being the POTUS? Really!

    Anyone who listens to Trump’s speeches and press conferences can see the passion and conviction in him. Losing at anything is not part of his mindset. Trump is aware that since the MSM is 100% against him, their polls are just as biased and rigged as their news coverage of him. Instead of losing by a landslide, he will probably win by such a margin, especially after Wikileaks dumps the contents of Hillary’s server on the internet.

    Furthermore, it will be especially entertaining for the entire world to witness Hillary experiencing a mental breakdown on national TV during a debate with Trump. Oh, the delicious Schadenfreude! Of course, her zombie supporters will blame it on Trump for being mean and hateful and will have no problem with having someone with Alzheimer occupying the Oval Office so long as it’s a woman.

  • Stephen Persaud
  • Samarami

    Ron Paul no doubt fits Moore’s category more than does Trump. Dr Paul, I’m fully convinced, knew going in that he would be sacked by what they like to call “the-powers-that-be”, regardless of popularity and/or perceived vote-getting capability. He was too brilliant a man NOT to know that. And he was more intelligent than to engage in the arm-twisting and outright murders often needed to “win” the “nomination” — Republicrat, Demopublican, or Liboflavian.

    Trump might just stumble around and “win” this silly show, with his personal deep-pockets and charisma. Win or lose, he will be the winner if he follows Gary North’s assessment: http://www.garynorth.com/public/15380.cfm

    Although I have no dog in the fight, I’m furtively rooting for Trump. It’d be fun to witness the solid trouncing of mainstream convention. But either way, my freedom is not threatened by any “outcome”. Sam

  • esqualido

    First Michael Moore said that Trump was going to be our next president and now he says he really doesn’t want the job- well, he is not going to win unless he really wants the job and goes all out for it. I agree that the man has given a suspiciously large amount to Hillary’s campaigns in the past, but I also believe he hates the idea of being beaten publicly- and by a Lady-Macbeth-like woman, yet.(and hopes that men, even Hispanic and black men, will wake up in time).

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