In addition to Scott Adams, another person I’ve gone off is Michael Moore.

In 1989, I loved his first film Roger and Me. In the 1990s, my better half and I watched all the episodes of his television series TV Nation which was shown here in the UK on BBC2. We enjoyed Crackers the Corporate Crime Fighting Chicken and the amusing statistics from the (fake) polling firm Widgery & Associates.

Afterwards, as he made more films, his politics got too much in the way for us and we tuned out. Although he was attacking the elites, it also seemed he strongly disliked middle-class Americans. His 2009 film, Capitalism: A Love Story, typifies this attitude. When it premiered, he sent out an open letter, excerpts of which follow:

When you are in church this morning, please think about this. I am asking you to allow your “better angels” to come forward. And if you are among the millions of Americans who are struggling to make it from week to week, please know that I promise to do what I can to stop this evil — and I hope you’ll join me in not giving up until everyone has a seat at the table.

Thanks for listening. I’m off to Mass in a few hours. I’ll be sure to ask the priest if he thinks J.C. deals in derivatives or credit default swaps. I mean, after all, he must’ve been good at math. How else did he divide up two loaves of bread and five pieces of fish equally amongst 5,000 people? Either he was the first socialist or his disciples were really bad at packing lunch. Or both.

If Michael Moore has done anything to relieve poverty in America, please do comment below. I’d be interested in reading about it.

He’s just as bad as the establishment he criticises.

Michael Moore: EXPOSED! is a fascinating site with loads of little-known news reports. This is from the home page (emphases mine):

His major themes are his status as the spokesman of the working class, the evils of capitalism, and the selfishness of (all other) Americans.

It would be easy to denounce Moore as a hypocrite. Many conservatives denounce him as a leftist, when in fact the serious left, the thinking left, generally finds him appalling. He is the latest in the modern breed of Limousine Leftists — individuals who, while personally they share the values of 19th century robber barons, find it flattering to adopt a thin veneer of leftism as a pose, in the same manner they pick a flattering hair style or gown. (A left-leaning critic of Moore summed up the situation very nicely: Moore’s appeal lies in his giving wealthy, over-educated, whites an opportunity to laugh at working-class whites.)

Just so.

Fast-forwarding to 2016, Moore started freaking out about a Donald Trump presidency during the Republican National Convention in July. On July 20, he told Bill Maher:

that Donald Trump will win the 2016 election by carrying all of the states Mitt Romney won in 2012, plus Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania and his home state of Michigan.

“I’m sorry to be the buzzkill here,” he said. “But I think Trump is going to win. I’m sorry.”

“I lived in Michigan, and let me tell you. It’s gonna be the Brexit strategy. The middle of England is Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Mitt Romney lost by 64 electoral votes. The total number of electoral votes in those states in the rust belt, 64. All he has to do is win those four states. I was there during the primary, he went down and said they moved this factory down to Mexico, I’m putting a tariff on the cars, and it was music to peoples’ ears,” he added.

“And more people in the primary in Michigan voted Republican than Democrat this year. That should be a disturbing thing for everyone.”

On Sunday, October 2, Moore appeared on Meet the Press. He told moderator Chuck Todd that:

people in the Midwest and the rustbelt see Donald Trump as “their human Molotov cocktail” to throw into the election booth in November. Moore said Bernie Sanders winning Michigan in the primary should have been a “red flag” to the Clinton campaign that the rustbelt was up for grabs this election cycle.

He took issue with the Democrats:

at the convention, I was worried, Democrats, the Clinton campaign, were all doing an end zone dance when they were only on the 50 yard line. And, and the celebrating after the debate– everybody needs to have their game face on here and realize that Trump can win. He can pull this off. And, and everybody has to, has to be full force here. Otherwise, it’s, it has a chance of happening…

I don’t think people do trust the Democrats. How else could a socialist win 22 states? I mean in my state of Michigan, Bernie Sanders won. If, if, if Hillary Clinton and the Democrats had a difficult time with him, that should have been the red flag to everybody that there is a, a, a mood out there where people are upset at the Democrats and the Republicans.

He also criticised Big Media:

I mean so people don’t trust the media. They don’t listen to it, and for good reason, because the, the media has let them down. The, the rich and the powerful have let them down. They used to believe in that. They used to vote for the rich and powerful. And a lot of them aren’t going to do that this time. And they, for some strange reason, see Donald Trump as their, as their means to get back at, at, at this system

Nothing strange about it. Trump is accustomed to being with everyday Americans and always has felt at home with them. He sincerely wants to help them.

The Conservative Treehouse pointed out that Glenn Beck joined Moore on that edition of Meet the Press:

Chuck Todd hosted two irrelevant dueling donuts today on Bleat the Press.  Both Michael Moore and Glenn Beck were pearl-clutching at the possibility of Hillary Clinton losing the election, the result is splendidly humorous.

Videos are at the link.

This week, Moore released his latest documentary, Michael Moore in Trumpland.

This video of him before an audience in Newark, Ohio explains more about the film (language alert!):

In it he explains why his fans should not hate Trump supporters. This is a partial transcript (language alert!), which I would criticise for only one thing: Moore will not be voting for Trump. That aside, here are some highlights:

“Whether Trump means [what he says] or not is kind of irrelevant because he’s saying the things to people who are hurting,” he explained. “It’s why every beaten down, worthless, forgotten working stiff who used to be part of what was called the middle class loves Trump.”

Moore argued that those people still have one thing, “and it doesn’t cost them a cent, and is guaranteed to them by the American Constitution: the right to vote.”

“They see that the elites who ruined their lives hate Trump, corporate America hates Trump, Wall Street hates Trump, the career politicians hate Trump, the media hates Trump.”

“The enemy of my enemy is who I’m voting for… ”

In a review of Trumpland, Forbes helpfully explains the film’s target market then has a go at him:

It’s clear that Moore is targeting the disappointed Bernie Sanders fans, the so-called moderate swing voters, as well as staunch Republicans who have been horrified by the GOP candidate but need some convincing to cross over and vote for a Clinton of all people. Moore himself has become such a polarizing figure that it’s hard to imagine that anyone beyond the converted will sample this 73-minute lecture/stand-up comedy special

Maybe it’s an attempt at redemption for being among Ralph Nader’s biggest cheerleaders in 2000.  Maybe the 62-year-old filmmaker is tired of playing dumb about America’s ills and would rather shine a light on someone who can, if not make it better, prevent it from becoming much worse. But the notion of the man who made a $222 million-grossing documentary about the evils/horrors of George W. Bush’s first term now making a last-ditch effort to persuade those on-the-fence to cross over if only just this once to Hillary Clinton is not a little poignant.

And what follows echoes what I said at the beginning of this post:

The joy in Moore’s eyes when he discusses the eventual minority status of the white male (or white person, period) notes a particular satisfaction or relief that he might no longer be required to be an influencer, or at least a certain optimism that things will improve enough that he can ride off into the sunset.

Trump supporters should not make the same mistake Don Jr did the other day in liking Moore’s perspective:

Moore gleefully responded to Trump Jr.’s endorsement, tweeting, “Hey everyone – Trump, Jr. & right wing thinks my movie called “TrumpLand” is pro-Trump! Haha. Pls don’t tell them otherwise! #satire #irony.”

Michael Moore. It would be nice if he were half the individual Donald Trump is, but that day will never come.

For all his feigned support of the ‘little guy’, Michael Moore no different to any other Democrat. Like them, he also wants to see America destroyed from within.

Further reading and viewing:

‘5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win’

‘Michael Moore: Hillary Went Easy on Trump During Debates Because She Is a Christian’

‘Michael Moore Talks About Hillary Clinton, His New Film And More’ (The View)