"I don't think he started running for president to be president," filmmaker Michael Moore said Wednesday night of the election of Donald Trump. "I don't think he wanted to be president."
Moore, who had presciently predicted the real possibility of a Trump victory, consoled his audience by saying of the defeated Hillary Clinton. "She got the most votes. Our fellow Americans didn't want [Trump], she got the majority of votes. So if you want to just hang on to one sliver of something such as hope or truth, she had a quarter million votes ahead of him."'
Moore was appearing at an event where he was joined by Citizenfour director Laura Poitras to honor Kirsten Johnson's new documentary, Cameraperson, which is composed of footage Johnson shot while working as a cinematographer for filmmakers like Poitras and Moore.
And Poitras, too, offered up her own thoughts on the election, saying, "This is not the time to engage in superficial bullshit" as she called upon "the documentary community" to join forces to combat the many issues developing around the world today.
The event was held at the Criterion Collection in Union Square, just blocks away from a rally where protesters spotted the plain-spoken Moore and lured him into the crowd to join the public outcry against the election's results, which he did before arriving for the panel.
The filmmaker had previously made clear his dislike of Trump, calling him a "wretched, ignorant, dangerous part-time clown and full-time sociopath" in a letter he penned citing the reasons Trump would win the presidency prior to Election Day's actual results.
Following the release of Moore's new film Michael Moore in TrumpLand, Trump tweeted out a doctored version of an audio clip that suggested the filmmaker was pro-Trump. "Trump's ideology, what he believes in, is Donald J. Trump," Moore said later at the panel.
Earlier in the day, Moore also posted what he called a "Morning After To-Do List" on his Facebook page. He called for a takeover of the Democratic Party, which has "failed us miserably"; the firing of all pundits, predictors and pollsters who refused to acknowledge the possibility of a looming Trump win; the need for the Democrats in Congress to fight and resist; the abolition of the electoral college; and a recognition that most Americans still favor women's equality, debt-free college education, single-payer healthcare, an end to foreign invasions and a recognition of climate change.