Controversial filmmaker and pot-stirrer Michael Moore was one of the only people to accurately predict the Donald Trump presidential election victory, and now he’s made another bold forecast: that “something crazy,” like the U.S. Electoral College voting system being ruled unconstitutional, will deny Trump the presidency before his scheduled inauguration.
Moore made the declaration on Wednesday’s Late Night With Seth Meyers, saying that Trump still has six weeks before he’s sworn into office, and lots of things can happen within that time frame.
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He made pointed reference to Hillary Clinton‘s 2.7 million-vote lead in the popular vote (despite her electoral-vote loss), and calls for an end to what he deems an “arcane” system.
“He’s going to not have a mandate, the majority of our fellow Americans do not want him in the White House, but because of an arcane law from the 1700s to placate the slave states … He’s not president of the United States yet,” said Moore to Meyers.
“I’d like to make another prediction tonight,” he continued. “[Trump] isn’t president til noon on January 20th 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?”
“I would be saying the same thing if Trump was ahead [in the popular vote] by 2.7 million votes. I would accept the fact that my fellow Americans wanted him as president of the United States. I wouldn’t like it, but I would accept it. The fact is the majority of my fellow Americans did not want him,” he concluded.
In order for the Electoral College to deny Trump the presidency, it would involve a lot of turning-tail, which is highly unlikely.
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Atlanta lawyer Jerry Sims says the only way this could happen is if Clinton herself challenges the electoral college system as unconstitutional, as he explains to The Independent:
“A candidate who lost the popular vote has been elected president five times in U.S. history. It has also occurred twice in the last 16 years. The 2000 election was the first time in U.S. history that the candidate losing the popular vote won a majority of the Electoral College outright. Now that has happened again in 2016.”
Sims calls the current U.S. electoral structure unconstitutional, and says a more just system would involve electors being allocated proportionately, “in order to give every vote equal dignity and weight.”
Moore also tweeted his support early Wednesday morning for #DisruptJ20, which is an organization gearing up for “a bold mobilization against the inauguration of Donald Trump.”
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