Michael Moore: Donald Trump will not be president when the Electoral College casts its votes

The Academy Award-winning documentarian correctly predicted that Mr Trump would win states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Wisconsin

Feliks Garcia
New York
Thursday 08 December 2016 17:52
Michael Moore suggests Trump still might not become President

Michael Moore correctly predicted that Donald Trump would win the 2016 election – but now he is making another prediction: the President-elect will not make it to the White House.

Since Mr Trump’s shocking defeat of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, progressives have debated ways in which the New York businessman could be blocked from becoming the president of the United States. From recount efforts, to appealing to electors in the electoral college to cast their votes for Ms Clinton, there are a number of unlikely scenarios that could result in Mr Trump never making it to inauguration.

“He’s not president of the United States yet,” Moore said in an interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers. “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 is been the craziest election year?” he added. “Nothing anyone predicted has happened – the opposite happened. So is it possible, just possible, that in these next six weeks, something else might happen – something crazy, something we’re not expecting?”

Moore’s comments come as the official popular vote tally puts Ms Clinton ahead of Mr Trump by more than 2.7 million votes – the largest margin between electoral college winner and loser in history.

In an August post to his website, Moore outlined reasons why Mr Trump would likely win the election.


“I believe Trump is going to focus much of his attention on the four blue states in the rustbelt of the upper Great Lakes – Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin,” he said, referring to states that were instrumental in earning crucial electoral wins.

He continued: “Trump is going to hammer Clinton on … her support of TPP and other trade policies that have royally screwed the people of these four states.”

Moore said that he “never wanted to be more wrong” in the Wednesday night interview.

“It didn’t seem possible,” he said. “[Clinton] was ahead in the polls, she was winning the debates, it was a great convention, and he’s crazy.”

Earlier this week, a Texas elector became the first Republican to pledge not to vote for Mr Trump.

Paramedic and former firefighter, Christopher Suprun, said he intended to choose a Republican alternative to Mr Trump, naming Ohio Gov John Kasich as an option.

"Federalist 68 argued that an Electoral College should determine if candidates are qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence," the faithless elector said. "Mr Trump shows us again and again that he does not meet these standards. ...

"I owe no debt to a party. I owe a debt to my children to leave them a nation they can trust."