Michael Moore, liberal critic of all things Establishment and the director of documentaries like Bowling for Columbine, released a clip of his newest film, Michael Moore in Trumpland.
Moore has been a critic of Trump, so I was curious to see what he had to say. And… I was surprised. The clip is about the candidate’s supporters in Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin – the “Brexit states”. Moore did not pursue the false media narrative about Trump supporters, i.e., they’re white, low-income, uneducated working class, primarily motivated by racism. The media’s reasons for representing Trump supporters this way are obvious, but most people who are in a position to challenge them with a more realistic portrayal lack the courage to do so. But Moore did have the courage.
Moore talks with compassion about the people who live in these states and support Donald Trump. He captured the bleakness of the place, and the spirit of the kind, hopeless people that live there. The auto industry was the life blood of the Midwest and it was thoroughly devastated by NAFTA. I grew up there, and know families who lost everything, because they trusted their own government.
The video is a warning to anyone considering taking the government at its word about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a bill that has been described as NAFTA on steroids. Clinton lobbied Congress to pass TPP, using the example of NAFTA as a successful free trade agreement. She should’ve used Detroit as a more accurate portrayal. Imagine your city enjoying the luxuries NAFTA lavished upon Detroit! Though the bill has not changed since she called it “the Gold Standard”, Clinton currently does not support TPP, saying it doesn’t meet her personal standards. But as you may suspect, this is not her private position.
There’s an invaluable site, organized by topic, that links to relevant Wikileaks emails, and other documentation regarding Clinton on the issues: www.mostdamagingwikileaks.com. TPP is #61.
If cursing bothers you, brace yourself! But these four-and-a-half minutes are well worth watching.