Though the former first lady has repeatedly dismissed speculation that she’d run for political office, both in interviews and her 2018 memoir, Becoming, Moore told MSNBC’s Brian Williams Wednesday night that he sees her as the “one person that would crush Trump” in 2020.
“Everybody watching this right now knows she is a beloved American, and she would go in there, and she would beat him,” the filmmaker said. “She’d beat him in the debates, he wouldn’t be able to bully her, he wouldn’t be able to nickname her ... and she is beloved.
“Just go to C-SPAN and follow her book tour across the country,” he continued. “She’s playing 15,000-seat arenas in the Midwest. They have to turn people away. She takes the stage and she’s so powerful and so good. You just look at that and you think, ‘Of course. She could win.’
The Fahrenheit 9/11 director did concede that it’s unlikely that the former FLOTUS — who was just interviewed by Meghan Markle for British Vogue — would actually throw her hat into the ring.
“But everyone’s now saying well, of course, she’s not going to run,” he told Williams. “Well, has anyone asked her? I think if she were asked, ‘Look, we’re sorry about this. We have to come back to you, you have to go back to the White House, your country needs you,’ if asked to serve, I believe she would serve.
“I think she would win, she would crush him,” he predicted, explaining that, given that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in 2016 but still lost the election, it’s not enough to “just beat him.”
Obama isn’t Moore’s only hope, however. Though he’s critical of certain Democratic strategies, the Oscar winner said earlier in the broadcast that “in my humble opinion,” four candidates have a shot at defeating Trump: Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Kamala Harris.
While Obama has ruled out a run — “We need fresh, real, clear eyes in this stuff,” she’s said of seeking office — Moore may be on to something.
On Thursday morning, even Fox & Friends were singing her praises as they criticized Democratic candidates for keeping their distance from the last administration.
“She is beloved around the world,” co-host Ainsley Earhardt said of the former first lady.
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