"All hands on deck": Michael Moore has advice for the Donald Trump resistance

The oracle of Flint, Michigan has some words for Americans horrified by the election of Trump -- which he predicted

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published December 28, 2016 5:17PM (EST)

  (AP/Evan Agostini)
(AP/Evan Agostini)

Michael Moore, the left-wing documentarian and author who — after predicting that Donald Trump would win the 2016 presidential election — has been mobilizing the left — is now offering a 5-point guide for Americans who want to thwart Trump's right-wing agenda.

"All hands on deck!" Moore declared in a Facebook post published on Tuesday called "5 things you can do right now about Donald J. Trump." After calling Trump a "malignant narcissist" and admitting that "as bad as we know it's going to be, it's actually going to be worse," Moore offered five suggestions for this week to Americans who want to at least somewhat alleviate the impending damage that will be caused by a Trump presidency.

Moore told readers to visit congressional offices so they can "politely tell them you and everyone you know will work to unseat them in 2018 if they don't act independently from Trump." Moore also promised that he would try to repost and retweet as many of these conversations as he can upon finding them on social media.

Moore provided a link and urges readers to email the Democratic National Committee with a message of support for Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who is currently running for chairman. Ellison has received support not only from Moore, but from Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Harry Reid, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

After that, Moore suggested that his followers form their own rapid response teams. "By New Year's Day this Sunday, I want you to ask 5 to 10 friends, family members, co-workers, classmates or neighbors to be part of your Rapid Response Team," Moore urged, adding the teams "will agree with each other to email elected reps, make calls, post on social media, go to protests and/or organize others at work, school or in the neighborhood."

Moore plugged the inauguration weekend protests that are expected to occur as Trump is sworn into office. He specifically mentions a non-violent disruption planned for Inauguration Day, and a Million Women March planned for Jan. 21st, one day after Trump has officially taken office.

Finally, Moore suggested that his readers run for political office themselves. "I'm not saying you have to be the next Senator from Michigan, but why not run for State Rep. or school board or city council?" Moore wrote. "At the very least, run for precinct delegate in the local Democratic Party. It's time to stop carping about politicians and become one. But a different kind of one!"

Moore made headlines after the presidential election because of a pre-election forecast that not only predicted Trump's victory, but specifically foresaw that he would capture Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin in a "Rust Belt Brexit." Despite deploring Trump himself, Moore pointed out that his fellow Midwesterners would empathize with the Republican candidate's populist economic message.

"He’s said (correctly) that the Clintons’ support of NAFTA helped to destroy the industrial states of the Upper Midwest," Moore pointed out. "Trump is going to hammer Clinton on this and her support of TPP and other trade policies that have royally screwed the people of these four states. When Trump stood in the shadow of a Ford Motor factory during the Michigan primary, he threatened the corporation that if they did indeed go ahead with their planned closure of that factory and move it to Mexico, he would slap a 35 percent tariff on any Mexican-built cars shipped back to the United States. It was sweet, sweet music to the ears of the working class of Michigan, and when he tossed in his threat to Apple that he would force them to stop making their iPhones in China and build them here in America, well, hearts swooned and Trump walked away with a big victory that should have gone to the governor next-door, John Kasich."

Moore's article also identified Hillary Clinton's flaws as a candidate, the depressed Bernie Sanders vote, racism, sexism, and general voter mischievousness as reasons that would result in Trump's victory.

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By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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