Michael Moore had a curious reaction to MSNBC host Chris Hayes telling him that he hoped President Donald Trump succeeded in negotiating a peaceful resolution to the tension in the Korean Peninsula. The interaction occurred Friday on Hayes' MSNBC show.
"When I read the news from North Korea there was another missile test that failed," Hayes explained, "we'll be getting probably some official statements on that. I find myself genuinely rooting for him to handle the Korean situation well, I mean there's all sorts of areas where I am, you are rooting for the man to be competent and effective."
"I don't know if I agree with that," Moore responded.
"You're not rooting him to deal with North Korea well?!" Hayes interrupted, shocked.
"It's like rooting for a six-year-old who suddenly swiped his dad's car," Moore exclaimed, "and figured out how to take it down the road."
"I'm not rooting for the six year old to get on the highway and drive that car!" he explained. "I want the six year old off the highway, that's essentially what we got. Just the implication of what you're saying means that he could possibly find a sane way and a safe way to figure out how to deal with it."
"I would like to avoid nuclear war and I'm fervently hoping that the president of the United States navigates us in a safe direction away from that," Hayes countered.
"Well, you got the wrong person," Moore interjected.
— All In w/Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) April 29, 2017
Tensions are ramping up in the Korean Peninsula as North Korea persists in missile testing even as the global community objects, led by the United States. After being warned that more missile testing could result in "major, major conflict" by Trump, Kim Jong Un ordered another missile launch Friday.
Trump used his Twitter account to comment on the firing, saying, "North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!"
North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1493421978.0
Reports indicate the missile failed and exploded soon after being fired. Analysts say that even a failure can help North Korean scientists further along their development of military weaponry.