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    As Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump prepares to formally accept his fractured party’s nomination on Thursday, he will make an effort to win over unconvinced members of the party establishment, along with voters still straddling the fence.

    Controversy surrounding Trump’s campaign has followed the real-estate speculator to the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, where a group of loosely organized #NeverTrump party members attempted unsuccessfully to force a roll call so they would not have to vote for the former reality television star. 

    On Wednesday, documentarian and activist Michael Moore surprised some by solemnly declaring that he believes Trump will win the presidency.

    During an online episode of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Moore said that he believes that the pillorying of Hillary Clinton taking place during the RNC is designed to reach people that have not yet made a decision on whom to vote for. 

    "One of the things I’ve been concerned about this week is we’re all sitting in our bubble, having a good laugh at this total, as you said, s***show, but the truth is that this plays to a lot of people that he has to win to become the next president." 

    Moore, who directed the documentaries Fahrenheit 911 and Bowling for Columbine, compared Trump’s political maneuvers to the strategies of Britain during their exit from the European Union.

    "And I have to say, I’m sorry to be the buzzkill here too, early on, but I think Trump is gonna win," he said. "People are in denial of this, but the chance of winning is really, really good."

    Moore’s statement elicited boos from the crowd, but host Maher said he was actually glad Moore expressed the unpopular opinion, saying  "The enemy is complacency," and that people should "Say it every day."


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