Michael Moore, best known for his controversial documentaries on social justice matters, appeared on Seth Meyers this week and made a bold prediction. Salon Magazine reports that Michael Moore told Seth Meyers that Donald Trump is not president yet, and maybe he won’t be, ever. Moore is predicting that something wild might happen at the Electoral College level on December 19, and that maybe, the Electoral College will stop Trump.
But, just in case that prediction doesn’t hold true, Rolling Stone reports that Michael Moore is planning a massive protest on Inauguration Day. He’s calling it #DisruptJ20, and is a protest that will be held in Washington, D.C. to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump.
There has already been a revolution surrounding the Electoral College long before Michael Moore made this bold prediction. A Change.org petition has amassed 4.8 million American signatures, saying the “real election” takes place on December 19, and asking the Electoral College to vote their constitutional duty of voting their conscience.
Multiple other petitions and grassroots protests of the Electoral College have cropped up as well. Michael Moore says that he thinks they might work, and he believes “something crazy” might happen with the Electoral College on December 19. Salon Magazine reports that he said the following.
“He’s not president of the United States yet. He’s not president ’til noon on January 20 of 2017….That’s more than six weeks away. Would you not agree regardless of which side of the political fence you’re on, this has been the craziest election year? Nothing anyone predicted has happened; the opposite has happened. So is it possible, just possible, that in these next six weeks, something else might happen – something crazy, something we’re not expecting?”
Michael Moore is one of the few that actually did predict a Trump win on Election Day. So for him to predict that a Trump presidency may not happen, it has people listening. On his website in August, Moore wrote, “5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win” and then he went on to discuss the Rust Belt states that would flip in 2016. And then they did.
To Seth Meyers, Moore says he never wanted to be more wrong about that.
“It didn’t seem possible. She was ahead in the polls. She was winning the debates. It was a great convention. And, he’s crazy.”
If Moore is wrong about the Electoral College, he says he has another plan in motion. Rolling Stone reports that he’s leading a national protest against Donald Trump on Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C., on January 20. He reportedly wrote a letter to Hollywood Reporter about the protest.
“If by some awful happenstance Trump shows up to be sworn in on January 20, I will be there helping lead the national protest and non-violently disrupting the Inauguration of a man no one other than the Electoral College elected – and I’ll also be doing my own thing as a private citizen (activities I won’t disclose now).”
This week, Trumpland director Michael Moore tweeted a link of his Inauguration Day protest to his millions of followers, asking them to take the call to action.
Disrupt the Inauguration. The Majority have spoken - by nearly 2.7 million votes &counting! Silence is not an option https://t.co/HSmP3pREvy— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 7, 2016
The website, called Disrupt J20, reads as follows.
“Join us for a bold mobilization against the inauguration of Donald Trump. We’re bringing widespread civil resistance to the streets of Washington D.C. through protests, direct actions, and even parties, and we want you there with us.”
Watch Michael Moore’s interview with Seth Meyers right here, and see what he had to say to Donald Trump directly.
Hey - @realDonaldTrump -- in one hour, on Seth Myers' NBC show, I will look directly into the camera and speak to you. Don't miss it.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 8, 2016
Moore isn’t the only one working a grassroots protest at the national level. A group known as Save Democracy is working the protest at the national level, one month before Inauguration Day.
Their protest will be in every state, at the state capitols all across America, for when the Electoral College will meet to elect the next president of the United States.
Their website is known as December 19, and citizens can become involved by calling people to join the protest, volunteering their services, donating, or attending a protest at a state capitol on December 19. The website reads as follows.
“We the people will come together at every state capital across the United States to call on the members of the Electoral College to listen to the voice of the people and refuse to cast their ballots for Donald Trump.”
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) is also considering a nation-wide protest similar in nature on December 19. In their online poll, they found that 91 percent of respondents favored an Electoral College protest on December 19. The PCCC is putting resources into the efforts, and also raising money for protests as well.
The PCCC says that Trump lacks a mandate, and this is the foundation of their efforts to protest the Electoral College on December 19. The Huffington Post reports that a “mandate to govern” actually means that the candidate with the mandate, or the mission, to lead is the one that is elected by the majority.
With Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote by millions, the PCCC, and millions of Americans, feel that Hillary Clinton is the one with the mandate to lead after the American election. The PCCC says that the majority of their audience want the Electoral College protests to remind the public that Trump lost the popular vote, and, lacks a mandate.
The PCCC is also working on reforming the Electoral College system, and offer a donation page for those willing to participate in Electoral College reform.
“It’s sickening what the Electoral College has done and it should end.”
They also offer a signup sheet for those that support the national popular vote.
“We don’t need a Constitutional Amendment to ensure the next president is chosen by the popular vote. When states equaling 270 or more Electoral College votes pass the National Popular Vote Compact, all of those states agree that their Electors will vote for the winner of the popular vote. As of 2016, it has been adopted by ten states and the District of Columbia, whose 165 combined electoral votes represent 61.1 percent of the 270 votes needed for it to have legal force.”
In addition to signing up and donating or volunteering, the PCCC encourages citizens to contact their legislators about electoral college reform, and they can help citizens do this. The Electoral College vote is now only nine days away.
To date, approximately eight electors of the Electoral College have said they will not vote for Donald Trump. That is approximately eight more than were saying that publicly one month ago today, making the national conversation about the Electoral College in this election an unprecedented event in itself. Do you think Michael Moore’s prediction about the Electoral College will come true?
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