Michael Moore wants Tom Hanks to be US President in 2020

Filmmaker also puts forward Oprah Winfrey's name as potential Democrats hopeful

Michael Moore has called on the Democrats to get behind celebrity politicians, arguing that Tom Hanks or Oprah Winfrey could capture the imagination of the US public.

Documentary filmmaker Moore – who recently released a film about President-elect, TrumpLand – has spoken to CNN, arguing the view that the Democratic party should follow the lead of the Republicans by embracing popularism and utilise the powerful appeal of a well-liked celebrity.

“Democrats would be better off if they ran Oprah [Winfrey] or Tom Hanks,” said Moore. “Why don’t we run beloved people? We have so many of them. The Republicans do this – they run [Ronald] Reagan and the Terminator [Arnold Schwarzenegger] and other people.”

Moore added: “Why don’t we run somebody that the American people love and are really drawn to, and that are smart and have good politics and all that?”

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Meanwhile, Kanye West has dodged questions about whether he still intents to run to be US President in 2020. The rapper first launched his bid to run for office during an acceptance speech at the MTV VMAs in 2015. West said at the time: “It’s not about me. It’s about ideas. New ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth. And yes, as you probably could’ve guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for President.”

It was recently revealed that Kanye West has better odds of becoming the next President of the United States than Donald Trump did at the start of his campaign. Bookmaker Coral have put West’s odds of taking over from Trump in four years time at 100-1. Trump was originally priced at 150-1.