Over the last decade, film star George Clooney has been a UN Messenger of Peace, has served as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has done more than perhaps any US civilian to shed light on the genocide in Darfur. In August, he and his wife Amal partnered with UNICEF to help send 3,000 Syrian refugee children to school in Lebanon.
In an interview with The Daily Beast to promote his new film, Suburbicon, Clooney weighed in on a number of topics, including Donald Trump—and Hillary Clinton.
Asked if he thinks Trump is emboldening white nationalists to step out of the shadows of the Internet and into the light, Clooney said:
If I was President of the United States and David Duke is praising me and the white nationalists were talking about how I was on their side, the first thing I would do is I would come out and say, “Fuck these guys. Anyone who believes this is not in my camp, I don’t believe it, and I completely reject it.” Don’t play coy and claim that you don’t remember who David Duke is when you were actually running for president 25 years earlier and said that the reason you got out was because David Duke was in the party. That’s just a lie! So what you’re doing is winking at everybody and saying, “It’s OK, come on over, because that’s my base.” Well, that shouldn’t be your base! It’s the simplest thing in the world in politics: “Nazis bad.” It really doesn’t get any easier than that.
During Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, Clooney held a fundraiser for her. Clooney was asked if he thought history will look kindly on Clinton. Here’s what he said:
Hillary, for years and years and years, has been the presumptive nominee, and quite honestly, she was incredibly qualified for the job. But being qualified for the job does not necessarily mean you’re the right person to be president.
Here’s what I mean: she was more qualified than even her husband was when he was elected president, but she’s not as good at communicating things. That’s simply true. When she got up and gave a speech, it didn’t soar. Now, that doesn’t mean that she wouldn’t have done a great job as president, and I supported her because by the time we did the fundraiser, the primary was over at that point, and it was time to get on with picking someone to move forward, and she was the right person to side with.
It was frustrating because I never saw her elevate her game. I never saw it. And I had a lot of liberal friends who were like, “She’s not good at this.” And I see that, and I understand it. I also think, though, that if it was a guy it wouldn’t have been so polarizing. I think the fact that she’s a woman made it a much harder uphill battle….
I think that she wasn’t particularly good at articulating the things that she wanted to do, and unfortunately we live at a time right now where articulating what you want to do is more potent in the electorate than the other way around, obviously, when Trump only said he was going to “Make America Great Again.” Don’t you think the next Democrat who runs should just run with a blue hat that says, “Make America Great Again?”
Do you STAND with George?