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Michael Moore: Donald Trump will build a wall and ban Muslims

The filmmaker says that Trump should be taken literally and seriously


Jeremy Binckes
January 18, 2017 8:02PM (UTC)

Michael Moore, the filmmaker and liberal activist who's calling for "100 days of resistance" to Donald Trump, says that he's taking the president-elect literally and seriously — meaning he believes Trump's most-worrisome promises like the U.S.-Mexico border wall and a ban on all Muslims coming into the U.S. will happen.

"I still hear people say, 'Oh, he’s not really going to build the wall,'" Moore told Variety in an interview published Tuesday. "Oh, he is going to build it. He knows that he’s got to deliver at least a version of the wall."

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Moore also said that Trump is "not stupid at all," but worries about Trump being in charge of the country's nuclear codes:

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. Any criticism is met with the scream of the banshees. What time was he up tweeting about Meryl Streep? It was before the sun came up. With all that’s going on the world — the shooting in Fort Lauderdale, the shooting of police in Orlando, North Korea saying they have an ICBM that can hit us — and he woke up being consumed with Meryl Streep.

But Moore said that American's shouldn't be afraid of Trump's rise. "You’re in the majority. You don’t have to convince the majority of your fellow Americans that this is bad; it was done for you by Donald J. Trump," Moore said. "Look at other movements. What did the suffragettes go through? How did they convince all male legislatures to give them the vote? Civil rights, antiwar — any time these movements begin, they’re always in the minority, and they have to try to move public opinion. We don’t have to do that this time."

For the complete interview — as well as the time Moore got "played" by Donald Trump — read the full interview at Variety.

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Jeremy Binckes

Jeremy Binckes is the senior news editor at Salon.com.

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