Film-maker and progressive raconteur Michael Moore not only predicted Donald Trump’s electoral victory, he is now predicting that the New Yorker will not be inaugurated on January 20. Speaking to host Seth Meyers, Moore said, “He’s not president of the United States yet,” Moore said, while then saying that the Electoral College has not yet voted. “He’s not president till noon on January 20th of 2017. . . . That’s more than six weeks away. Would you not agree, regardless of which side of the political fence you’re on, this has been the craziest election year.”
Moore continued, “Nothing anyone has predicted has happened.” When he was asked whether Trump will indeed occupy the presidency, Moore said of the 2016 election on ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’, “The opposite has happened."
Reviewing how the election surprised pundits, prognosticators, and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Moore said anything may happen before the scheduled swearing-in of the new president. Speaking rhetorically, Moore asked, "So is it possible, within the next six weeks, that something else might happen? Something crazy? Something that we’re not expecting?" 
Moore said that the Electoral College is a "stopgap" that is meant to keep a "madman who wants to be king" from becoming president.  He did not further specify what he meant by “something crazy.” 
Referring to his prediction this summer, that Trump would win the presidency and the Rust Belt states of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Moore said last night, “I never wanted to be more wrong.”
The fact that Hillary Clinton garnered 2.5 million more popular votes than Trump in the election has emboldened progressives and Democrats to demand recounts in Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, while others are hoping for electors to renege on their promise to vote for the Trump. So far, the latter effort is dead on arrival. 
Citing Clinton’s popular-vote victory, Moore said he would “lead the charge” to abolish the Electoral College -- an institution that is established in the Constitution. Similar efforts have failed in the past. As for his take on Donald Trump, Moore said, “The majority of our fellow Americans do not want him in the White House.” Moore said.,“The irony is unbearable.”



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Spero News writer 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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