Mainstream my ass….well, on second thought!
Activist filmmaker Michael Moore came away from the Democratic Debate with a revelation: he’s mainstream now.
The 65-year-old anti-capitalist activist – known for far-left documentaries Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, Roger & Me and others – shared his theory that America has made a tectonic shift to the left while discussing the Wednesday night debate with MSNBC.
“When you guys were talking about how we have to be more moderate, or move to the center, that’s how we’re going to win next year. See, to me, I think … I am the center,” Moore said. “I am the mainstream now of the Democratic Party.
“The majority of Americans agree with me and Bernie on all of the issues, whether it’s healthcare for all, whether it’s climate change, minimum wage, mass incarceration,” he said “Down the whole list, the American people have moved left, so the center is more of these sorts of things.”
Moore pleaded his case to an MSNBC panel that included host Joy Reid, former Democrat senator Claire McCaskill, and Republican strategist Steve Schmidt.
The Michigan filmmaker took aim at the party’s frontrunner in the primary, former vice president Joe Biden, for daring to defend Americans who oppose a government-run healthcare system that would eliminate their private insurance.
“Says who?” Moore said, questioning Biden’s argument that many Americans want to keep the insurance they have. “Yes, they want the assurance that whatever we have with the new Medicare for All is essentially just a transfer from what they have with their good union healthcare. Fine, but the average Democrat and the average American does not like health the health insurance company.
“They hate Aetna, and Cigna, and UnitedHealthcare,” Moore argued. “The healthcare industry has caused more pain and harm and anxiety for the American people than practically any other industry, and we should never side with candidates that say we’re going to keep this private profit-making thing going.”
The socialist policies promoted by most of the Democratic candidates for president in 2020 obviously supports Moore’s observation that the party has lurched leftward in recent years, but the American public in general is a different story.
A Pew Research survey published this summer found “a much larger share of Americans have a positive impression of capitalism (65%) than socialism (42%).”
Nearly 80 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents view capitalism positively, and a majority of Democrats agreed “they have a positive impression,” The Washington Post reports.
That’s undoubtedly why Trump is highlighting the Democrats’ shift toward socialism, while those vying to take him out are avoiding the word.
Michael Moore: “I Am The Mainstream Of The Democratic Party”