George Clooney said that Donald Trump will never be President of the United States, telling reporters at the Cannes Film Festival that he thinks the American people will eschew fear and keep the Republican front-runner out of the Oval Office.
As U.S. News & World Report reports, Clooney is among the Hollywood elite in Cannes this week, hobnobbing at the world famous film festival to be seen, promote his recent film, Money Monster, and using his exposure to talk about his views on Trump and the upcoming election.
Julia Roberts and George Clooney attend the screening of ‘Money Monster’ at the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival pic.twitter.com/ihYZHk1FOA
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Clooney, a longtime Democrat who has helped raise money for Hillary Clinton, said that Trump’s message is based on fear — and Clooney doesn’t think Americans will be swayed by fear.
“There’s not going to be a President Donald Trump. That’s not going to happen. Fear is not going to be something that drives our country. We’re not going to be scared of Muslims or immigrants or women. We’re not actually afraid of anything.”
Clooney then went on to draw comparisons between Donald Trump and the plot of his next movie, Money Monster. In it, Clooney plays Lee Gates, the fictitious host of a TV investment show (inspired by MSNBC‘s Jim Cramer of Mad Money). Clooney’s character is taken hostage by an irate investor live on the air.
Clooney says that Donald Trump exists at the intersection between news and entertainment — and he blames the news media for presenting packaged sound bites rather than in-depth analysis and asking tough questions of the news-makers.
“Trump is actually a result in many ways of the fact that much of the news programs didn’t follow up and ask tough questions. Twenty-four-hour news doesn’t mean you get more news, it means you get the same news more. More and more and more you hear these guys, their ratings go up because they can show an empty podium saying ‘Donald Trump is about to speak,’ as opposed to taking those 30 seconds and saying, ‘Well, let’s talk about refugees,’ which is the biggest crisis going on in the world right now.”
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George Clooney is not the only Hollywood leading man to take a dig at Donald Trump this week. In London to promote Alice Through The Looking Glass, Johnny Depp told a reporter that Trump may be the next President of the United States, but if that happens, he’ll be the last President of the United States, according to Yahoo! News.
“Here’s the thing. If Donald Trump is elected president of the United States, in a kind of historical way it’s exciting because we will see the actual last president of the United States. It just won’t work after that.”
Donald Trump, for his part, is focusing less on the opinions of him espoused by Hollywood liberals, and more on the job of being the presumptive Republican nominee for president this November. Just today, Trump met with one of Washington’s most powerful Republicans, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and issued a joint statement with Ryan calling on Republicans to unite around Trump in order to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House.
“The United States cannot afford another four years of the Obama White House, which is what Hillary Clinton represents. That is why it’s critical that Republicans unite around our shared principles, advance a conservative agenda, and do all we can to win this fall.”
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