Filmmaker Michael Moore pushed back today against the notion that Americans who voted for Donald Trump did so based on racism.
Moore, who warned fellow liberals that Trump was going to win the election, said Trump voters were motivated by economic pain and lost jobs more than anything else.
"You have to accept that millions of people who voted for Barack Obama - some of them once, some of them twice - changed their minds this time. They're not racists. They twice voted for a man whose middle name is Hussein. That's the America we live in," said Moore, explaining that younger white voters turned out in record numbers for Barack Obama.
"But if you put people through another eight years [where] there's no middle-class jobs, they're struggling to get by, the basic things like the price of a box of cereal doubles ... these are the things that are important to people because they're living from paycheck to paycheck," he said on MSNBC this morning.
Moore told Megyn Kelly in May that Democrats needed to take Trump seriously, specifically pointing to the mindsets of working-class voters in Rust Belt states where Trump ended up winning.
The Flint, Michigan, native told Bill Maher in July that Trump would win the election by flipping Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Julie Roginsky agreed on America's Newsroom, expressing the view that there are two Americas right now and they're split economically, not based on race or gender.
"This economy over the last eight years, with this income gap, has made people that are affluent much more affluent, but it's made the rest of America much more concerned about making fundamental ends meet," she explained.
Roginsky said pundits in the New York City and Washington, D.C. "bubble" missed this factor and how it would affect the election result.