Electoral College may stop Trump being President - Michael Moore

Michael Moore (AAP)
Michael Moore (AAP)

Documentary maker Michael Moore was one of the few that correctly predicted Donald Trump would win the US presidency last month - and now he has made another bold claim ahead of the Republican's official inauguration.

The Bowling for Columbine filmmaker told Late Night with Seth Myers that the Electoral College system may well defy history and keep him out of the White House.

It would be an incredible thing if such an event were to take place, as the 538 members of the Electoral College generally vote the same way as their state.

The only occassion in history that College members altered the course of an election - back in 1836, when 23 Virginia electors voted against their state - they were overruled by the Senate, and the election winner remained the victor.

For Hillary Clinton to see the election result turn in her favour, it would require 30 members to go against their state's wishes, which would be the largest number of votes overturned in history.

But Moore says Mr Trump does not have the support of the majority of Americans - he only earned 46 percent of the vote - and claims that gives the Electoral College a mandate to block him from gaining the presidency.

"He's not President of the United States yet. He's not President till noon on January 20 of 2017," Moore said.

"That's more than six weeks away. Would you not agree, regardless of which side of the political fence you're on, that this has been the craziest election year?

"Nothing anyone predicted has happened - the opposite has happened. So is it possible, just possible, that in these next six weeks, something else might happen - something crazy, something we're not expecting?"

Moore said the Electoral College has a responsibility to ensure a "madman who wants to be king" does not get such a position of power.

The Electoral College is made up of state officials and senior party figures from the Republicans and Democrats, and thanks to America's convoluted election system, US citizens don't actually decide who becomes President - members of the Electoral College do.

On December 19, the College will vote for whom they want for President, and there remains a possibility they could yet turn their backs on Mr Trump.