Leftist filmmaker Michael Moore said in an interview with Variety that was published today that he believes Donald Trump will indeed fulfill campaign promises such as building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, and “ban Muslims.” Moore is one of few prominent progressives and leftists who accurately predicted that Trump would win the November presidential election. “I’ve taken him seriously since Day One,” Moore said in the interview that appeared today.
 
“I went through my five stages of grief months and months ago when I realized he was going to win.” Moore predicted that the president-elect will move to do what he said he would do.  Moore said, “You do have to take Trump at his word.” He added, “I still hear people say, ‘Oh, he’s not really going to build the wall.’ Oh, he is going to build it. He knows that he’s got to deliver at least a version of the wall.”
 
Moore also “absolutely” believes that the new administration will put into effect Trump’s promise to limit immigration from countries plagued by Muslim terrorism. “He’s shown how he’s going to do it,” Moore said. “He’s going to get away with it by making it a ban on Muslims who come from the following countries. He needs just enough cover for his crowd to say, ‘Oh, he’s being reasonable there. He’s not banning all Muslims.'”
 
Moore said he was moved by the speech actress Meryl Streep gave at the Golden Globes award event last week. Streep received considerable praise from Hollywood and progressives for denouncing Trump. Moore said, “he was talking about human empathy. It was not about being a Republican or a Democrat. It was about: Have you no decency, sir?”
 
Moore has suggested in the past that Trump is incompetent to serve as president. In the Variety interview, when More was asked whether he worries about Trump having access to the “nuclear launch codes,” the inveterate gadfly of the right answered, “Absolutely. I wish he had to go through a psychological evaluation, because I’m pretty sure that it would come out that he is a malignant narcissist.”


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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