Michael Moore: "Majority of Americans Did Not Want Donald J. Trump"

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“He has an ideology that he believes in, and it’s called Donald J. Trump," the filmmaker told CNN's Van Jones. "That’s what he’s going to make sure that he’s gonna take care of."

"Take comfort," was filmmaker Michael Moore's message to Democrats when speaking to CNN's Van Jones on Tuesday night.

“I think Democrats, people that voted for Hillary, first of all: feel good about the fact that the majority of Americans did not want Donald J. Trump as their president,” Moore said, referring to her victory in the popular vote but loss with the electoral vote. "Take some comfort that your fellow Americans are with you.”

Moore appeared on the CNN special, The Messy Truth with Van Jones, which also featured interviews with American voters as well as former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum and commentator Ana Navarro. 

The CNN pundit fielded questions from Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump voters, while interviewing his guests in an open forum, as he found it often “nearly impossible” to talk to “the other side." 

“I think both political parties need to take a good long look in the mirror because right now, they both kind of suck," Jones said introducing the show. "Let’s just be honest.” 

Identifying himself as a strong Democrat, Jones said that he thought “elitism" may have cost party the election. On Republicans, he said that the party's problem was “some bigotry and some bias, including some actually scary white supremacists have found a home in their party” and the party won’t “confront it in a serious way." 

In Moore's interview, the filmmaker told Jones that he saw Trump's victory a mile away and he tried to set up a meeting with Democratic leaders this summer “when I knew that this was happening.”

"I live in Michigan. I don’t live in the bubble,” said the Michael Moore in TrumpLand filmmaker. In the rust belt, according to Moore, people "saw Trump as their human Molotov cocktail that they wanted to throw into the system and blow it up." 

Moore broke down Trump's appeal as such: “It’s why I think a lot of people were drawn to Trump, because he seems like that kind of guy who’s going to do something, and he understands the importance of the perception, and he understands how quickly he can change the perception too because he changes himself, you know, every other day.”

Calling himself “an angry white guy with a high school education,” he asked Jones that, though he understands why “people I grew up with” in the Midwest voted for Trump, he wondered why people would vote for someone who says “things that are hateful, who ridicules the disabled, who says racist things.”

Jones answered that "hurt people holler" and when people are backed up against a wall, they do things people "can't understand." 

Moore agreed: “Many Americans have suffered over the last 20 years, and politicians have not helped them, so they’re angry.”

A Trump voter spoke with Moore about why he and his co-workers voted for Trump, because he's "done more" for them than any other politician has lately, an idea Moore argued against. 

“He has an ideology that he believes in, and it’s called Donald J. Trump. That’s what he’s going to make sure that he’s gonna take care of," Moore said. “I don’t think he’s going to do anything for you, the working person."