The filmmaker says the city of Flint has been “poisoned”.

Michael Moore claims Gwen Stefani to blame for rise of Donald Trump

IT HAS been more than 23 years since Gwen Stefani ironically sang that she was Just a Girl, but the past two decades have taught us she was being just a tad modest.

Joining her older brother Eric for a jam session in their parents garage in 1985 with a ragtag group of mates from Anaheim, California, she couldn’t have possibly imagined where her career would take her.

But, aside from the glittering career in music and television, it turns out her impact on global affairs may have been seriously underestimated.

That’s because, in a no-holds-barred new feature-length documentary by current affairs titan Michael Moore, she has been pointed out as the single biggest cause of Donald Trump’s rise to power.

Michael Moore says Mr Trump’s ambitions were realised after NBC gave Gwen Stefani a pay rise.

Michael Moore says Mr Trump’s ambitions were realised after NBC gave Gwen Stefani a pay rise.Source:Sunday Style

Despite the Democrats blaming “meddling” Russians and former FBI director James Comey for the meteoric rise of the TV tough guy to the most important job in the world, Mr Moore claims the No Doubt singer is actually the one we should be pointing our fingers at.

“History will record that nobody was more responsible for Donald Trump being in the White House than this woman (Gwen Stefani),” he claims in the new film, Fahrenheit 11/9, which looks at how the billionaire reality star reached the pinnacle of US politics.

He claims Mr Trump cooked up a “fake announcement” when he found out NBC was paying Stefani more to join The Voice than he was getting as the star of The Apprentice.

“He paid a bunch of extras $50 a piece to be his cheering supporters,” said Mr Moore. “He would prove to NBC that he was more popular than Gwen Stefani and then they would give him more money.

“He would also show them how good he was at improv with his fake presidential announcement and that’s when things went off the rails.”

After calling some Mexicans “rapists, criminals and drug dealers” in a bizarre rant during the event, he was dumped by NBC.

The plan backfired and he was out of a job.

Mr Moore said the Donald had an “epiphany” after being sacked. Picture: AFP

Mr Moore said the Donald had an “epiphany” after being sacked. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

The filmmaker says he regrets not taking on Mr Trump. Picture: Supplied

The filmmaker says he regrets not taking on Mr Trump. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

“Though he had no real plans to run for president, his sons encouraged him to go ahead with the two rallies that he had booked and paid for,” said Mr Moore.

It was there the veteran reporter claims the billionaire had his “epiphany” when he looked out over a sea of people who supported his ideas.

From there, the film, looks at how these two rallies spiralled into a movement which would see Mr Trump ascend all the way to the White House.

Mr Moore takes aim at the way the media used the reality TV star’s rallies for ratings and the broken system which allowed Hillary Clinton to be the favoured Democrats’ choice over Bernie Sanders.

Taking major shots at Ms Clinton, as well as her husband and Barack Obama’s legacies, which he claims have created a feeling of apathy among millions of Americans, he also takes aim at himself.

The film shows a clip of himself with The Donald on a daytime TV interview and Mr Moore, bemoans how he could have asked hard questions but instead just made a joke about unemployment.

He too, it appears, had been sucked in by the Trump effect.

However, the majority of the film actually focuses on how Mr Moore’s Democrat heartland home state of Michigan had ended up voting for the Republican showman.

In particular he looks at the city of Flint, where the water supply had been switched by Republican Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, leading to “an entire city being poisoned.”

He speaks to families who lost loved ones to a sudden and unprecedented outbreak of legionnaires’ disease — which has been attributed to lead found in the city’s filthy water.

In typical Michael Moore fashion, he takes matters into his own hands by walking into Mr Snyder’s office building with a pair of handcuffs to “arrest” the governor for “intentionally poisoning the people of Flint”.

Mr Moore looks closely at his home state of Michigan in Fahrenheit 11/9.

Mr Moore looks closely at his home state of Michigan in Fahrenheit 11/9.Source:Supplied

The filmmaker says the city of Flint has been “poisoned”.

The filmmaker says the city of Flint has been “poisoned”.Source:Supplied

However, the film is not just a depressing tear-jerker about a poisoned city and a broken political system.

Mr Moore claims the USA is actually way more liberal and forward-thinking than people give it credit for — citing statistics on gun control, healthcare and better pay that seem at odds with what the political establishment votes for.

He follows the everyday Americans fighting for these causes and the challenges they face.

Fahrenheit 11/9 will be released across Australia on November 1.

 

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