This presidential campaign has certainly been interesting. Adding another level of interest, Michael Moore published an open letter claiming Donald Trump may be trying to sabotage his presidential campaign on purpose.
"Donald Trump never actually wanted to be President of the United States," he begins. "I know this for a fact."
Now, Moore doesn't say exactly how he knows "this for a fact." This news doesn't really come as a surprise, though, if you go back and review some of the colorful speeches that have peppered Trump's campaign trail.
So why did Trump decide to run for President of the United States?
"Simply put, he wanted more money," Moore says. "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 bupkus — DOING it is what makes the bastards sit up and pay attention."
Apparently, Trump was not happy with his position as host and star of NBC's The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice. He started talking with the heads of other networks to try and move his show, hoping to light a fire under his current network.
Then, when "his hand was strengthened," Trump decided to announce he was going to run for President.
"Of course he wouldn’t really have to RUN for President — just make the announcement, hold a few mega-rallies that would be packed with tens of thousands of fans, and wait for the first opinion polls to come in showing him — what else! — in first place! And then he would get whatever deal he wanted, worth millions more than what he was currently being paid."
According to Moore, Trump then decided to give one of his first speeches without the help a "campaign staff, no 50-state campaign infrastructure – neither of which he needed because, remember, this wasn't going to be a real campaign."
Trump's "derogatory statements" about rapists, drug dealers, immigrants, and his desire to "build a wall to keep them all out" prompted NBCUniversal to terminate his employment.
“Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump,” NBC said.
Despite the initial shock, Trump decided to stick to his plan. This, he thought, would increase his "value" to other networks by showing them how many Americans honestly wanted him to be their President.
"And then something happened. And to be honest, if it happened to you, you might have reacted the same way. Trump, to his own surprise, ignited the country, especially among people who were the opposite of billionaires. He went straight to #1 in the polls of Republican voters. Up to 30,000 boisterous supporters started showing up to his rallies. TV ate it up. He became the first American celebrity to be able to book himself on any show he wanted to be on — and then NOT show up to the studio! From “Face the Nation” to “The Today Show” to Anderson Cooper, he was able to simply phone in and they’d put him on the air live. He could’ve been sitting on his golden toilet in Trump Tower for all we knew –and the media had no problem with any of that. In fact, CBS head Les Moonves famously admitted that Trump was very good for TV ratings and selling ads — music to the ears the NBC-spurned narcissist."
Read Michael Moore's full letter here.