Appearing on a Sunday talk show without his ball cap, director Michael Moore threw a curveball into presidential politics by urging Democrats to nominate Oprah Winfrey or Tom Hanks in 2020.
“Moore, speaking on CNN’s State of the Union show, said the leadership vacuum that will result from the departures of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama would best be filled by a well-liked celebrity.
“Democrats would be better off if they ran Oprah [Winfrey] or Tom Hanks,” Moore said. “Why don’t we run beloved people? We have so many of them. The Republicans do this – they run [Ronald] Reagan and the Terminator [Arnold Schwarzenegger] and other people.”
Mia Farrow immediately agreed, but the Guardian newspaper threw a bit of cold-water reality on the idea, pointing out that Hanks and Winfrey don’t seem all that interested.
“Neither Hanks nor Winfrey has expressed an intention to enter politics, although the latter did express hope over the weekend that Trump had been humbled by his encounter with Obama at the White House,” the Guardian said.
Moore’s two examples of beloved Republicans may have been a bit off base. One of the two, Schwarzenegger, was quite unpopular by the time he finished his stint as California governor. Even Reagan faced some heavy criticism and doubt during the early part of his two terms as president, although he’s become an icon of the GOP since leaving office.
As for that other celebrity agreeing with Moore:
Michael Moore is right. Republicans ran Reagan & Trump- why don’t Dems run someone beloved whose politics are good- like Tom Hanks or Oprah
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) November 13, 2016
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