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Michael Moore: Trump's 'Been Played' by GM
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49227"><span class="small">Michael Burke, The Hill</span></a>   
Thursday, 29 November 2018 09:29

Burke writes: "Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore on Tuesday slammed President Trump, calling him a 'fool' and saying the president had 'been played' by General Motors as the company plans to cut thousands of jobs and close several U.S. factories."

Filmmaker Michael Moore. (photo: Getty)
Filmmaker Michael Moore. (photo: Getty)

Michael Moore: Trump's 'Been Played' by GM

By Michael Burke, The Hill

29 November 18


ocumentary filmmaker Michael Moore on Tuesday slammed President Trump, calling him a "fool" and saying the president had "been played" by General Motors as the company plans to cut thousands of jobs and close several U.S. factories.

Moore, appearing on MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes," said GM "played" Trump by getting corporate tax cuts last year and, ultimately, still slashing jobs.

The frequent Trump critic said that the American automotive giant "is doing what they've always done," noting that the company once promised 6,000 jobs for a plant in Detroit but "never got" to that mark.

"They never followed through on the things they promised on," Moore said.

Earlier Tuesday, Trump blasted GM for its planned layoffs, threatening on Twitter to cut federal incentives for their electric cars while saying he was "very disappointed in the company."

Moore said Trump wouldn't have been surprised by GM's move if he "had any sense of history" or if he "had studied anything about corporate America."

"He should know better. He gave them a historic — all the corporations, a historic tax cut last year," Moore said.

"He gets into office, and what does he do? He gives them a big tax cut. He eliminates federal restrictions for fuel efficiency, for air pollution. He does all the things they want him to do as their boy," Moore added. “You're such a fool, Trump, and you've been played again."

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-6 # Skeeziks 2018-11-29 10:56
Trump hasn't been "played" he playing.
+1 # Caliban 2018-11-29 15:08
In this instance, it looks like both sides of the "either/or" situation may be true.
+4 # chemtex2611 2018-11-29 17:12
He's playing with your money.
+10 # Texas Aggie 2018-11-29 19:18
Unfortunately that is too true. He's played his base like a snake oil salesman plays a bunch of rubes.
+35 # starhelix 2018-11-29 11:09
GM and the other giant corporations can cut employment with impunity because they know Donnie Donuts will breathe a lot of fire and brimstone while doing absolutely nothing to help the workers affected by the layoffs. Unfortunately, the folks in the upper mid-west are accustomed to such brutal treatment. Then, they vote their assailants back into office who campaign with the same song and dance. The Dems don't do much to help because the Ugly Repugs do everything they can to stifle useful legislation. It's a no-win situation. America has to get off this self-destructiv e merry-go-round if we're to have a productive future.
+3 # EternalTruth 2018-11-29 13:15
Michael Moore is the one who’s been played if he thinks tRump ever gave a damn about creating or protecting American jobs.
+9 # Jim Young 2018-11-29 13:40
Given great mileage I get out of a used 2001 Prius I bought for $600, now with over 300,800 miles on it and still averaging 39 mpg (was 46, and a peak of 63.9 on one trip), I was looking forward to buying a used Chevy Volt.

Jay Leno had an episode describing how he drove his Volt as his new favorite around town car, having driven it over 11,000 miles only using about half the original tank of gas.

Charging it at low demand periods seems to let people drive them on the battery for what seems 1/4th the cost for gas, and I believe Leno has been able to charge his from solar panels at essentially zero variable cost for "fuel" (and no gas tax, or sales tax).

Trump's attempts to destroy or severely constrain the inevitable shift to solar, EVs (or Hybrids), and even cheap, clean Hydrogen (from water, not natural gas), that could be extracted (with solar panels and break throughs in nano-structures of low cost high surface area catalysts, stored locally in low pressure metal hydrate tanks, and quickly refuel farm equipment (or warehouse equipment already using HFC forklifts), and Fleets of Buses and Utility Trucks.

If we don't want to do research and field the new technologies that could dramatically reduce energy costs, others will. If we were ready to keep up with the rest of the world, I'd be encouraged by potential break throughs like one using a two metal catalyst system described at
+8 # hiker 2018-11-29 13:54
Corporations are always going to do what's best for them. Open a plant, close a plant, move a plant, hire people, lay people off, it doesn't matter. Give them tax breaks or other goodies, they say 'thank you very much' then do whatever that's in there best interest. They couldn't care less what Dictator Don thinks. The idiot should have watched Michael's film "Rodger and Me".
+7 # economagic 2018-11-29 18:01
General Mindf*ck has always exhibited the worst behavior or any USian automaker -- and that's saying a lot. Michael could go on about them for hours, but you can get a taste of his take on that company in his first movie, "Roger and Me" (1989).

It was Ralph Nader's lawsuit against GM, and its eventual out-of-court settlement for more than $400,000, that launched his career. When a friend was showing off his new Honda 600 coupe in early 1972, with 30-40 Mi/Gal and meeting 1975 US emission specs, I said (with GM in mind) it would mark the beginning of the end of the USian auto industry. Japan had embraced those standards in the late 60s, while Detroit is STILL fighting them tooth and nail. Chrysler's first bailout came in the mid 70s, and GM was the ONLY US automaker to declare bankruptcy in the Crash of 2008. GM was the favorite punching bag of The Car Guys on NPR, although they also maligned Peugeot and Saab.
+1 # HDSMTS 2018-12-01 11:51
Saab had become a GM car before its closure. Still, if GM had invested in R&D even half of what it spent on lobbying costs to prevent CAFE standard increases, safety requirements, etc., and legal fees to defend tort claims, it would have avoided the "crises" of the last few decades.
+1 # Jim Young 2018-12-01 12:51
Quoting economagic:
...When a friend was showing off his new Honda 600 coupe in early 1972, with 30-40 Mi/Gal and meeting 1975 US emission specs, I said (with GM in mind) it would mark the beginning of the end of the USian auto industry. Japan had embraced those standards in the late 60s...

Upon assignment to Denver (from an assignment to Hawaii) I brought back the first of my Honda Civic CVCC station wagons, all of which I changed to 5-speed manual transmissions with the CVCC carburetors that were so great at altitudes (letting me pass so many other cars climbing Pikes Peak) and getting great gas mileage. I also bought one of the first 1970 N600s, used and modified with flared fenders, mag wheels and 10" tires with tiny chains for the snow. It was also great at the high altitude and I was able to get up to 45mpg. At only 117.9" long, it would fit sideways in a typical 10 by 20 parking space (with room for 3 more, or 8 of them in my 2 car garage). I could fit two of them in the same garage along with my 427 powered 39 Chevy 2-Door Sedan Hot Rod, since they would take up only slightly more room than two Gold Wings (getting near the same mileage, but much more comfortable in wind, rain, snow, and on ice).

Before I buy a big car, I want a really practical small one that I can afford to drive any time I want, in any weather I need to.
+1 # economagic 2018-12-02 19:27
Don't know if you're following a feed on this article, but I LOVE it!
-1 # AlexG 2018-11-29 20:03
Trump correctly assumes that he can now keep getting away with both his faux-populist campaign rhetoric -- and his his official presidential hypocrisies-- because he [also correctly] now sees that the leadership of the so-called Opposition Democrats in the "new" Congress, said corporate Dem, faux leadership still being sufficiently corrupt and hypocritical in Itself, has neither the willpower, nor any normative-publi c credibility, nor any gut-level forensic intelligence to effectively neutralize Trump & Co.'s hyper fascistic agenda (.....not for nothing did Trump see fit to openly ENDORSE the House re-Speakership of the flaccidly-cluel ess politically incompetent Nancy Pelosi...)
It's all Surreal.
0 # Johnboy 2018-11-30 21:39
You have completely mischaracterize d the situation. Pelosi is the opposite of clueless and politically incompetent, and the Repugnantcans know it. She will take down the Lying Sack of Crap-in-Chief. Watch.
+1 # Jim at Dr.Democracy on Facebook 2018-12-01 22:40
Unfortunately, #Johnboy, I'm afraid #AlexG must have been paying better attention than you have to what Pelosi has actually done with her "leadership" position. She has already multiple times backed away from any talk about Impeachment.

“We shouldn’t impeach the president for political reasons and we shouldn’t not impeach the president for political reasons,” Pelosi recently told The Associated Press (11/28/18). You really can't make a statement more ambiguous than that. I promise you: She will do nothing of the sort unless pushed SUPER DUPER HARD by about 140 others to do so.

She is, after all is said and done, just another corporate-money hack. Raising money from millionaires is ALL her so-called "leadership" amounts to.
0 # WYThomas 2018-12-01 23:04
#Johnboy Precisely!