In January, Michael Moore told Variety, “The Democrats lost because of the Democrats.” Trump didn’t win because of Russia, he said, but because out-of-touch Democratic operatives ignored the people who begged them to visit Michigan, for example, and to pay attention to their needs. These elites, Moore says, are what made Clinton lose to Trump. Fear not, though, for Michael Moore has a plan, for what better way is there to show that Democrats are the party of the people than through a Broadway show?
That’s right, Michael Moore has created a (mostly) one-man show called The Terms of My Surrender which asks the question, “Can a Broadway show bring down a sitting president?” The show, which will be performed eight times a week for twelve weeks starting in July, will be scripted, but can also change to respond to the news. Moore described it to the New York Times as a “very developed piece of entertainment for people who live to think.” He went on to say, “It’s a humorous play about a country that’s just elected a madman—I mean, there’s really no other way to put it.”
Why a Broadway play? Because, Moore told the Times, he’s done everything else. “It was either this or the Ice Capades,” he said. “I’ve made my movies. I’ve had two prime-time TV series. I’ve had eight books on your best-seller lists. I’ve done a lot of things with the internet. But I haven’t done this.”
One has to wonder why he thinks that a Broadway production is the best way to convince the voters that the Democrats are in touch with the common man, the rust-belt voter, or the single mom struggling to make ends meet. This seems, yet again, like a Hollywood power player playing to his big-city friends and fellow elites. Is this really the way to win the hearts and minds that were lost to feelings of alienation during the last election cycle? Does Moore think they will relate to this bizarre piece of attention-seeking and realize that the Democratic party is, in fact, their home? Will they believe that voting for Trump was an error because a millionaire got on a Broadway stage and told them it was so? It seems to me far more likely to alienate them further, and the kind of thing that an out-of-touch Hollywood liberal would be silly enough to think would work, because, well, he’s completely out-of-touch.
“Can something like this unravel an unhinged man?” he asked in the Times interview. “I think that discombobulation might be our most effective path to undoing his presidency.” However, he also tells the Times, it’s not just about Trump. “To say it’s just about Trump would simplify it,” he said. “I think people will find themselves laughing one minute and wanting to go look for some pitchforks and torches the next.” Although inciting mob violence seems to be standard procedure for left-leaning activists these days, this hardly seems the way to convince the base that you haven’t lost the common touch.
Which begs the question: Is the unhinged man Trump or Moore?