Filmmaker Michael Moore published a letter to America on his website this week outlining his “proof” that Donald Trump never wanted to be President and that he originally only ran for the office to enhance his brand and broker better TV deals before it spiraled out of control into a full-blown campaign he now can’t stand to lose.
Moore claims that everything he writes is factual, but cannot say how he came across the information he shared. I’m not one for conspiracy theories myself, but I’ve long wondered how such a campaign could even exist in this country, and if Moore’s letter is accurate, I honestly wouldn’t be surprised. Nothing in this 2016 election should surprise us anymore.
From Moore’s letter:
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. But he knew, as the self-proclaimed king of the dealmakers, that saying you’re going to do something is bupkus — DOING it is what makes the bastards sit up and pay attention.
Trump had begun talking to other networks about moving his show. This was another way to get leverage — the fear of losing him to someone else — and when he “quietly” met with the head of one of those networks, and word got around, his hand was strengthened. He knew then that it was time to play his Big Card.
He decided to run for President
Makes sense so far, right?
Moore goes on in detail to explain how Trump thought he only needed to announce a presidential bid and not really mount a campaign, but was surprised by the reaction and things snowballed into the shit storm of a campaign we are now watching in real-time.
He continues, saying that Trump fell in love with himself all over again, and he soon forgot his mission to get a good deal for a TV show. A TV show? Are you kldding – that’s for losers like Chris Harrison, whoever that is (host of “The Bachelorette”). He was no longer king of the dealmakers — he was King of the World! His tiniest musings would be discussed and dissected everywhere by everybody for days, weeks, months! THAT never happened on “The Apprentice”! Host a TV show? He was the star of EVERY TV SHOW — and, soon, winning nearly every primary!
Trump attempting to sabotage his campaign from the very beginning, as Moore suggests, would seem to make sense of the stupid, ignorant, hateful, violent, racist, sexist, moronic things he has said. It’s so frightening that so many people ate it up and threw their support at a guy who may have only been saying these things to get out of the very campaign that was growing larger and larger by the day.
Regardless of whether Moore’s theories are truthful or not, I think we can all echo his postscript call for Trump to step aside and let a real candidate like Romney or Ryan step in and lose to Hillary in his place.