You can't help but feel that the Donald Trump Presidential campaign will one day become the subject of one of his documentaries but in the mean time the Oscar winner is sharing his theories on why the Republican Nominee decided to run in the first place.
According to the Bowling for Columbine director, Trump's entire campaign is fake and it was all just a publicity stunt to get him a better deal at NBC where he once hosted and starred in The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice.
He posted his theory about Trump on Alternet where he opens with the boldest of statements: "Donald Trump never actually wanted to be president of the United States. I know this for a fact."
Moore then says that he won't say how he knows it to be a 'fact', but he outlines exactly what his rationale is for believing it to be true in the below excerpts:
Trump was unhappy with his deal as host and star of his hit NBC show, The Apprentice (and he Celebrity Apprentice). Simply put, he wanted more money. He had floated the idea before of possibly running for president in the hopes that the attention from that would make his negotiating position stronger. But he knew, as the self-proclaimed king of the dealmakers, that saying you’re going to do something is bupkis — DOING it is what makes the bastards sit up and pay attention.
Trump had begun talking to other networks about moving his show. This was another way to get leverage — the fear of losing him to someone else — and when he “quietly” met with the head of one of those networks, and word got around, his hand was strengthened. He knew then that it was time to play his Big Card.
Moore goes on to explain that Trump planned to attract tens of thousands of fans with rallies and score big in the first opinion polls, both of which happened. Trump expected NBC to offer him millions and that he'd drop out of the race at that point. But something went wrong.
The Faranheit 9/11 director goes on to explain that NBC were so embarrassed over Trump's xenophobic comments that they cancelled his beauty pageants and ultimately ended all of their business with him. So Trump was suddenly stuck in a Presidential race.
“Trump was stunned. So much for the art of the deal. He never expected this … [but once he began winning] Trump fell in love with himself all over again.”
Moore finally concludes that the past few weeks are “no accident” and that he believes Trump’s accelerating behavior is all a ruse “to get the hell out of a race he never intended to see through to its end anyway."
Whether or not Moore is on the money with this theory remains to be seen but given everything we know about Trump it certainly sounds plausible.