Michael Moore: Dems 'need beloved figures running' in 2020
© The Hollywood Reporter

Michael Moore says Democrats “need beloved figures” such as Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama book tour fetching steep ticket prices Michelle Obama warns against voter apathy in new PSA Michelle Obama adds dates to book tour 'due to overwhelming fan demand' MORE or Tom Hanks to run for office if they want to have any shot of beating President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE in 2020.

“As things stand right now, everybody should operate as if it’s a two-term Trump,” the liberal “Fahrenheit 11/9” director says in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Wednesday.


“[Democrats] need beloved figures running,” says Moore. “Say what you want about Trump, but tens of millions watched his show.”

“We need Tom Hanks, Oprah, Michelle Obama,” advises Moore.

“Who would not vote for Michelle Obama?”

All three of those high-profile figures have nixed the idea of a 2020 political bid.

Earlier this year, the former first lady said she wouldn’t run for office because she “wouldn’t ask [her] children to do this again,” adding she preferred to help the country as a private citizen.

Speculation swirled that talk show veteran Winfrey might make a White House run after she delivered a stirring speech addressing the “Me Too” and “Times Up” movements at the Golden Globes in January. But Winfrey has since dismissed any talk of Oval Office ambitions, saying for doesn’t “have the DNA” for politics.

“Sully” star Hanks has laughed off 2020 chatter after remarks he made in which he expressed optimism that Americans will turn the future into “some grand thing of beauty” in 2016 made headlines.

“Just because I’m an actor, I can give a good speech, I agree with that,” he told Vulture at the time. “But the concept of actually voting for someone just because they can do that? Then Monty Hall could have been president of the United States! I get what he’s saying, I understand, but I don’t buy my participation.” 

It’s not the first time Moore, 64, has advised Democrats to run highly regarded famous figures on the presidential ticket.

“The Republicans do this – they run [Ronald] Reagan and the Terminator [Arnold Schwarzenegger] and other people,” Moore said in 2016.

The documentary filmmaker — who last year appeared in a one-man, anti-Trump Broadway show — said of Democrats, “We have so many of them.”