Donald Trump’s electoral victory took nearly every mainstream pundit by surprise, but not Michael Moore. Back in June, the Oscar-winning filmmaker published a blog post about the liberal bubble and the strength of Trump’s populist rhetoric in Rust Belt states like his own home of Michigan. And on Tuesday, Moore discussed his prescient piece with Van Jones on CNN’s The Messy Truth special.
“I live in Michigan, so I don’t live in the bubble,” Moore said. “It’s my home, I grew up there, and I could see there were a lot of Barack Obama voters that were gonna vote for Trump. I saw it coming for a long time because people in the Rust Belt have suffered and suffered considerably. Nobody’s been there for them. The Republicans, definitely. The Democrats are there sometimes, but not always, and they saw Trump as their human Molotov cocktail that they wanted to throw into the system and blow it up. They didn’t necessarily agree with Trump on everything, but they were angry enough to make this point like they did with the Brexit vote in England. Message sent.”
Watch the clip above.