Filmmaker Michael Moore says he’ll flee to Canada as a political refugee if President Donald Trump decides to persecute him for his upcoming film, “Fahrenheit 11/9,” which takes aim at Trump’s election.
Speaking to media at the Toronto Film Festival, Moore, who has had a string of flops including a one-man Broadway show that shuttered its doors earlier this year, played up Trump’s interest in his new documentary and suggested he could soon find himself under political persecution.
“(Trump) absolutely hates democracy, and he believes in the autocrat, in the authoritarian,” Moore said.
Of course, despite Hollywood’s near constant stream of anti-Trump vitriol, not a single actor, actress, director, or producer has found themselves behind bars, charged with angering the Trump regime. Even the ever-oppressed media has yet to withstand much more than the occasional Twitter insult from the president, despite warning, for nearly three full years, that Trump’s agenda is just a hair’s breadth away from fascism.
Moore is sure “Fahrenheit 11/9,” though, will be the breaking point.
“I want us to survive this, but I can’t make any guarantees that that’s what’s going to happen. We’re in a bad place. We’re on the precipice of some very awful stuff,” he added.
Moore’s movie, which premieres Thursday night, is supposed to “rip the mask off” Trump’s true agenda, even comparing Trump’s election, at one point, to the rise of Adolf Hitler in the 1930s.
“This is a movie that takes (Trump’s) mask off, and exposes what he’s really up to, and what’s really going on here, and you may not see it, because you often don’t see it until it’s too late,” said Moore. “I’m hoping we’re in that … moment before the moment it’s too late, and you can’t get back what you had.”
If he flees to Canada, though, Moore will have to get in line. The Canadian government is already straining under an influx of asylum-seekers, and although Canada allows potential refugees to remain in the country while they petition to become citizens, Canada’s citizenship requirements are more stringent than the U.S.’s.
Moore would have to prove that he would be a valuable and productive Canadian — and it might not be easy for Michael Moore to prove that to any government.