Donald Trump got personal this morning in response to George Clooney’s assurances that Trump would never be elected President. The political face-off raised an interesting question; Who would make the best president. Vote now and let us know!
Clooney, the debonair actor with the good hair, has often been mentioned as a potential Presidential candidate a la another actor, Ronald Reagan.
The actor, at the Cannes Film Festival to promote his latest project, “Money Monster,” has long been politically active on behalf of liberal candidates. But he’s always denied any ambition to run for office himself.
Still he’s influential in politics because of his fundraising ability, politically-pointed movies and his outspokenness.
During a news conference to discuss “Money Monster,” Clooney seemed to go out of his way to assure the international audience that a Trump presidency will not happen.
‘There’s not going to be a President Donald Trump,’ he said. “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 made headlines last month in Los Angeles when he held a fundraising for Democratic contender Hillary Clinton that reportedly cost $353,400 per couple, according to press reports.
Trump was asked about Clooney’s remarks this morning (May 13) during an interview on right-leaning Fox News. The presumptive GOP nominee lumped Clooney in with Clinton and her rival Bernie Sanders.
He called the former a “crook” the latter “crazy” and said Clooney just wasn’t a good actor. “Let’s put it this way, he’s no Cary Grant,” Trump said.
Clooney also took the media to task for failing to challenge Trump on policies because the candidate was good for ratings.
“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. That’s the truth. It’s really easy because your numbers go up,” he said.
Twenty-four hour news doesn’t mean you get more news, you just get the same news more.”
“Well at least he’s right about the ratings; that’s the good news,” Trump countered. “I think I get asked the toughest questions on Earth. I will tell you, nobody asks tougher questions than they do to me. It’s all ‘gotcha [questions].'”
Clooney’s latest film, directed by Jodie Foster co-stars Julia Roberts Catriona Balfe, Dominic West and Jack O’Connell.
It takes on Wall Street and the rah-rah television business media that cover financial markets like game shows.
“This movie is talking about one of the things that I think is a great disaster in the way we inform ourselves right now,” Clooney said. “We’ve lost the ability to get to and tell the truth and get to the facts.”
Foster soft-pedaled her most ambitious directorial effort yet in an interview May 10, saying “Money Monster” was not intended to be a take down of Wall Street or it’s television cheerleaders.
“I will say in this film, and this I do in all of my movies; I’m not sure there is really a bad guy,” Foster said during a Q&A session as part of the AOL Build Series.
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