Michael Moore: Trump Won. 5 Things To Do Now.

How to take back the party that failed us.

Michael Moore, Alternet November 9, 2016

The Trump campaign has had their celebration. For the rest of us—now what? (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

This post first appeared at Alter­net.

Everyone must stop saying they are "stunned" and "shocked." What you mean to say is that you were in a bubble and weren't paying attention to your fellow Americans and their despair.

1. Take over the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty and return it to the peo­ple. They have failed us miserably.

2. Fire all pun­dits, pre­dic­tors, poll­sters and any­one else in the media who had a nar­ra­tive they would­n’t let go of and refused to lis­ten to or acknowl­edge what was real­ly going on. Those same blovi­a­tors will now tell us we must heal the divide” and come togeth­er.” They will pull more hooey like that out of their ass in the days to come. Turn them off.

3. Any Demo­c­ra­t­ic mem­ber of Con­gress who did­n’t wake up this morn­ing ready to fight, resist and obstruct in the way Repub­li­cans did against Pres­i­dent Oba­ma every day for eight full years must step out of the way and let those of us who know the score lead the way in stop­ping the mean­ness and the mad­ness that’s about to begin.

4. Every­one must stop say­ing they are stunned” and shocked.” What you mean to say is that you were in a bub­ble and weren’t pay­ing atten­tion to your fel­low Amer­i­cans and their despair. YEARS of being neglect­ed by both par­ties, the anger and the need for revenge against the sys­tem only grew. Along came a TV star they liked whose plan was to destroy both par­ties and tell them all You’re fired!”

Trump’s vic­to­ry is no sur­prise. He was nev­er a joke. Treat­ing him as one only strength­ened him. He is both a crea­ture and a cre­ation of the media and the media will nev­er own that.

5. You must say this sen­tence to every­one you meet today: HILLARY CLIN­TON WON THE POP­U­LAR VOTE!” The MAJOR­I­TY of our fel­low Amer­i­cans pre­ferred Hillary Clin­ton over Don­ald Trump. Peri­od. Fact. If you woke up this morn­ing think­ing you live in an effed-up coun­try, you don’t. The major­i­ty of your fel­low Amer­i­cans want­ed Hillary, not Trump. The only rea­son he’s pres­i­dent is because of an arcane, insane, 18th-cen­tu­ry idea called the Elec­toral Col­lege. Until we change that, we’ll con­tin­ue to have pres­i­dents we did­n’t elect and did­n’t want.

You live in a coun­try where a major­i­ty of cit­i­zens have said they believe there’s cli­mate change, they believe women should be paid the same as men, they want a debt-free col­lege edu­ca­tion, they don’t want us invad­ing coun­tries, they want a raise in the min­i­mum wage and they want a sin­gle-pay­er true uni­ver­sal health care sys­tem. None of that has changed. We live in a coun­try where the major­i­ty agree with the lib­er­al” posi­tion. We just lack the lib­er­al lead­er­ship to make that hap­pen (see: #1 above).

Let’s try to get this all done today.

Michael Moore is an Acad­e­my Award-win­ning film­mak­er and best­selling author.
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