Filmmaker Michael Moore had a surprising suggestion in the ongoing sweepstakes over who is the anonymous author of the New York Times column suggesting that Trump is mentally unfit and rallying the resistance against him from within his Administration: Donald S. Trump. That’s right, Moore suggested that Trump himself is the the “senior official” who is working with the paper that he often refers to as the “enemy” and “the failing New York Times.” Moore says that it is “absolutely” possible that Trump is the author. Moore also predicted recently that Trump, who he calls an “evil genius,” will win a second term.
Moore made the suggestion after referring to Trump as “the last president of the United States”in his new documentary “Fahrenheit 11/9” and the person dismantling democracy in the country.
He was asked about whether he knew who was the author of the column with the New York Times and Moore responded
“No, but if you want me to make a wild guess, Trump wrote it or one of his minions wrote it…. He’s the master of distraction. He’s the King of the Misdirect. If we’ve ever known anything by now, it’s that he does things to get people to turn away and the line that is most identifiable in terms of what he wants the public to believe, the line that says, ‘don’t worry, adults are in the room.’ The idea is to get him to get us to calm down and look away from what he’s really doing.”
Sooooo, Trump wanted to “get us to calm down” by saying that various high-ranking officials had discussed removing Trump under the Twenty-Fifth Amendment due to his mental incapacity . . . but are trying to stick it out. That strangely does not feel calming and it certainly did not work with the response from the media and the public.
This was not a “misdirect.” It hit Trump so hard that he has unleashed a scorched Earth campaign to find the author. It is like Deep Throat actually being Richard Nixon because he wanted to distract people.
This bizarre theory also assumes that the New York Times would allow Trump to write a clearly misleading column in which he misrepresents his identity and his actions.
At first, I assumed that this was a joke, but media is reporting Moore as serious about the claim, including liberal outlets like the Huffington Post.
I am still hoping that Moore will say that he was delivering a joke through the use of Reductio Ad Absurdum but it is hard to discern the comically absurd from the tragically absurd in the times we are living.