Filmmaker Michael Moore said he thinks Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDefining Trumpism: Making sense of the Trump’s first 100 days Top commander in Pacific: US needs to strengthen missile defense Planned Parenthood Action Fund launches GOTV effort in Montana special election MORE will “absolutely” ban Muslims from entering the U.S., rejecting those who call for not taking the president-elect literally.
“He’s shown how he’s going to do it. He’s going to get away with it by making it a ban on Muslims who come from the following countries. He needs just enough cover for his crowd to say, ‘Oh, he’s being reasonable there. He’s not banning all Muslims,’” Moore said in an interview with Variety published Tuesday.
Moore said he also expects Trump to follow through on his plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Entering the Trump era, Moore implored Americans to take Trump “literally,” rather than figuratively, with his campaign promises and rhetoric.
“I’ve taken him literally and seriously since day one,” Moore said. “That’s why I’ve been able to be active and energized since the election. I went through my five stages of grief months and months ago when I realized he was going to win.”
Moore famously predicted over the summer that Trump would win the 2016 election, despite Democratic challenger Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonThe US should give peace a chance when it comes to North Korea Obama photographer gets book deal Former State Department adviser announces run for Maryland governor MORE's lead in the polls.
“You do have to take Trump at his word. I still hear people say, ‘Oh, he’s not really going to build the wall,’” Moore said. “Oh, he is going to build it. He knows that he’s got to deliver at least a version of the wall.”
Moore also said he met Trump once in 1998 when they both appeared on a talk show. He said he realized last year that Trump is "not stupid at all."
"People think he’s stupid — he’s not stupid at all," Moore said. "He played me; he got me to not be myself, to not talk any anti-corporate talk. I thought I was going over to relax him. What he was doing was undoing me so I wouldn’t be Michael Moore. This guy is good."
Moore will host a “massive rally” outside of Trump’s New York City International Hotel with actors Alec Baldwin and Mark Ruffalo on Thursday — just a day before Trump’s inauguration.