Hollywood leftist George Clooney is pumping up the anti-Trump rhetoric to a heated 11 — and coming unglued in the process.
Knowing that the public rightly views him as an elitist leftist who would rather talk down to people from the comforts of his Italian villa than actually dialogue with them in a healthy debate, Clooney gave some reasons why that characterization is supposedly false: he's from Kentucky and, once upon a time, he worked for a living before he became an overpaid actor whose movies nobody wants to see anymore.
Speaking with reporters at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, Clooney reminded people that Hollywood is very much a part of the Trump White House.
"Hollywood is being quite well represented right now in the West Wing somehow," he said, citing Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who helped finance Wonder Woman.
"You know, they say I’m out of touch. You want to call me a Hollywood liberal? Come at me," he continued. "I sold ladies shoes, I sold insurance door to door, I worked at an all-night liquor store, I cut tobacco for a living. I can change the fan belt on my car. I grew up in that world in Kentucky. I know every bit of that world, and I know my friends and what they believe."
"And I know this is not a moment in our history that we’ll look back and be proud of," Clooney said. "So if I’m not standing on the side I believe to be right, I’d be ashamed."
Clooney misses the point: Trump supporters acknowledge that the President hails from the Manhattan elite and they just don't care. He thinks that Americans want someone like them in public service, which is why he cites his pre-Hollywood past as some badge of pride, no different from out-of-touch politicians who try to "out poor" each other during presidential debates.
The truth is that middle and working class Americans do not despise elites, but rather elitists: people that talk down to them from a place of tremendous privilege and dictate how they should run their lives.
Who cares if Clooney grew up in Kentucky or if he sold insurance? That does not erase his blind affection for Hillary Clinton during the election; he raised "obscene" amounts of money for her campaign while, hypocritically, whining about too much money in politics.
Clooney also flirted with the idea of running for office, and, in this, he showed some humility.
"The reality is there are many more people who are much better qualified than me," Clooney said. "I think the reason people talk about is that our bench [in the Democratic party] doesn’t seem very good right now, it doesn’t seem very exciting."
"By this time eight years ago we had already heard Obama give a speech at the convention and there was something going on,” Clooney said. "But right now nobody really sees anybody out there, so that’s when the Rock or whoever comes into play. For me, I will support whomever I can by doing fundraisers or whatever and helping in ways I’m probably better at than in making policies… I say just try to find a candidate that excites you, and it shouldn’t be me."