George Clooney, who supported Hillary Clinton amid the 2016 presidential campaign and once hosted a fundraiser for her, said he believes she wasn’t fit for the White House.
The A-list actor and new father, 56, spoke during a wide-ranging interview with the Daily Beast revealing that while he believes the Democratic nominee was ‘qualified for the job,’ she wasn’t a skilled communicator like some of her counterparts.
‘Being qualified for the job does not necessarily mean you’re the right person to be president,’ Clooney said in the interview.
‘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.’
The Academy Award-winning filmmaker and humanitarian had several liberal acquaintances who also believed Clinton faced a ‘harder uphill battle’ against Trump.
‘It was frustrating because I never saw her elevate her game. I 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 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,’ said Clooney.
‘Don’t you think the next Democrat who runs should just run with a blue hat that says, ‘Make America Great Again?” he jokingly added.
During the discussion with the Daily Beast, the actor touched on other topics like his directing work for the 2017 crime comedy film, ‘Suburbicon’ and issues surrounding his home state of Kentucky following the Charlottesville riots last month.
Also this week, a worse for wear Clooney admitted to the Daily Mail he cries ‘four times a day’ after welcoming twins with wife Amal back in June.
The ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou’ actor shared the comments while he was spotted leaving a business meeting in Los Angeles.
‘They don’t cry,’ Clooney said proudly. ‘I cry more than they do. I cry four times a day right now, because I’m so tired.’
He then joked: ‘Hey, remember back when you were single, before you didn’t have to worry about keeping people alive? Wasn’t that great?’
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