For almost three years, former President Barack Obama has sat back and stewed over President Donald Trump dismantling his disastrous legacy.
Obama will do almost anything to see Trump defeated — and he just turned the 2020 election upside down with this jaw-dropping decision.
Obama can’t seek a third term in office and former First Lady Michelle Obama refuses to run for president.
Rather than work with a candidate and help them defeat Trump, the Obamas are turning to Hollywood to bring down the president themselves.
Last year, the former first family signed a massive deal with Netflix to produce films and documentaries for the streaming giant.
The Obama family production company will be releasing their first film in August 2020 — just three months before the election.
“American Factory” is the first documentary from the Obama production company, which aims to undercut Trump’s support in the Midwest.
The film details the story of a Chinese billionaire that reopened a General Motors plant in Ohio only to see their working conditions deteriorate and pay reduced.
It’s anti-Trump from beginning to end.
Politico’s Ted Johnson reviewed “American Factory” and wrote that the film takes dead aim at Trump’s appeal to working class voters in the Midwest.
The documentary, which debuts on Netflix on August 21, never mentions President Donald Trump by name—but its message is clear: Trump’s promise to reinvigorate the industrial heartland is going to take a lot more than a campaign slogan. There are no easy solutions. And if some manufacturing jobs do come back, they’re going to look nothing like they used to. Americans will have to accept a new reality to stay competitive in the global marketplace—one that they might not like, and one that Trump doesn’t acknowledge.
This message is also coming straight from Barack and Michelle Obama. American Factory is the first project to come from the Obamas’ production company, Higher Ground, as part of the deal they made with Netflix to produce a slate of series, movies and documentaries that reflect their values. Higher Ground acquired the movie after its debut at the Sundance Film Festival.
The Obamas have largely kept a low profile as the 2020 presidential race heats up. The former president reportedly has met with a number of Democratic contenders, and has criticized divisive rhetoric “from our leaders” without mentioning Trump by name. But this film is a statement all on its own. Even though the Obamas have avoided overtly partisan material for their Netflix slate (other projects include a biopic of Frederick Douglass and a preschool series called “Listen to Your Vegetables & Eat Your Parents”), American Factory hits right at a central issue of the 2016 presidential election—and likely the next one.
Trump won states like Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin in the 2016 election over Hillary Clinton because he vowed to bring back manufacturing jobs that Obama killed off for eight years.
While the Obama administration largely focused on trade deals that helped Mexico and China, Trump won because he promised to always make deals that put America First.
This is obviously still angering Obama, and the fact that he’s releasing an anti-Trump documentary just three months before the 2020 election speaks volumes.
Obama wants Democrats to use his playbook for 2020 — and we all know how that will play out.