George Clooney has been as prominent in politics this week as any of the four main candidates for president. His $33,000 a ticket fundraiser for Hillary Clinton was spoiled by Bernie Sanders supporters who hurled dollar bills at the former secretary of state, forcing Clooney to go on Meet the Press and defend himself. Now there’s a new Esquire interview with the movie star, where he talks about his inability to defend America’s reputation around the world.
“How am I to defend us when the only voice that’s coming out from across the sea is banning Muslims? That’s the problem with what’s going on. It’s not that it’s gonna happen; it’s that we’re broadcasting this to the rest of the world,” Clooney said. “Here’s the thing about Trump – I was just in Amsterdam, and I’m up onstage, and they go, ‘What’s going on with Trump?’ And I said: ‘Look, we’re not going to do these things. We’re not going to deport Muslims. We’re not going to build a wall.’”
Um, Mr. Clooney, you can stop carrying around the “burden” of defending America’s honor overseas whenever you so choose. Because the values you espouse for the country through your tireless Democratic fundraising are exactly the values that have devastated our nation for eight long years. Your status as a typical Hollywood liberal doesn’t automatically make you an authority on what’s best for the future of America. And to be sure, no one elected you to be our ambassador to Amsterdam.
“But the problem is all these other countries hear these things, and all of a sudden you see in France that [Jean-Marie] Le Pen is going, ‘Bravo,’” Clooney said. “You get all of these nutcases on the far-right fringe saying, ‘Well, if America thinks that…’ That is the real problem with Trump—his ideas bleed into the rest of the world.”
Uh-huh. Are you serious? These ideas didn’t start with Trump, and “far-right fringe” politicians in France hardly need to look to America to see what unrestrained Muslim immigration will do to their country. If anything, Europe is far ahead of the U.S. when it comes to recognizing the threat of foreign invasion, even if they are taking no steps to solve the crisis. It’s highly unlikely that any nationalist leaders need to be lectured by Hollywood’s worst Batman.
On his first meeting with Hillary, Clooney recalled thinking that he was “very, very, very glad that she was Secretary of State and that she was an informed, responsible, smart person.”
So if you needed any further insight into Clooney’s muddled mind, there you have it.