Liberal film producer Michael Moore says he plans to flee to Canada if his latest project, “Fahrenheit 11/9,” generates a right-wing backlash. As the Canadian Press reports, the film, which blatantly compares President Donald Trump to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, is set to open Friday. Moore is in Canada this week and was present for the premier of the film at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) that attracts the usual Hollywood suspects every year.
“[Trump] absolutely hates democracy, and he believes in the autocrat, in the authoritarian,” Moore told the Canadian Press Wednesday.
The director apparently believes his latest work might provoke a very hostile reaction among his critics and he vows to go north if the pressure becomes too much for him.
“I want us to survive this, but I can’t make any guarantees that that’s what’s going to happen. We’re in a bad place. We’re on the precipice of some very awful stuff.”
Moore did not say whether his plan to move to Canada would entail declaring himself a refugee at the border.
Even with its über liberal prime minister, Justin Trudeau, and socialized medicine, Moore acknowledges “Canada has a lot of problems. You don’t need an American to come here and tell you what your problems are. But [don’t] think for a second that you’re anywhere near what we have to take care of and correct.”
“Fahrenheit 11/9” is an Apocalyptic view of America under Trump, depicting the U.S. as a society sliding into authoritarian rule.
Moore told the Canadian Press his ties to Canada include having a grandfather who came from Ontario and his preference for using the Canadian-made Blackberry smart phone.