Donald Trump Blasts George Clooney: ‘Turned’ Against Joe Biden

Former President Donald Trump slammed actor George Clooney on Wednesday night for having “turned” against President Joe Biden by urging him to end his 2024 presidential campaign.

In an opinion article published by The New York Times on Wednesday, Clooney joined a chorus of Democrats calling on the president to withdraw his candidacy following a much-maligned performance in the June 27 debate with Trump. While a minority of Democratic lawmakers have also publicly called for his exit, Biden has repeatedly said that he intends to remain in the race.

Trump, who may be hoping for Biden to remain the presumptive Democratic nominee, responded furiously to Clooney’s article in a post to his Truth Social platform hours later, denouncing Clooney for “getting into the act” while referring to him as a “fake movie actor” who “never came close to making a great movie.”

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Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday is pictured during a rally in Doral, Florida. Trump denounced George Clooney on Wednesday after the actor urged President Joe Biden to withdraw from the presidential race.

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“He’s turned on Crooked Joe like the rats they both are,” Trump wrote. “What does Clooney know about anything? He uses the Democrat ‘talking point’ that Biden, the WORST President in the history of the United States, has ‘saved our Democracy.'”

“Crooked Joe Biden didn’t save our Democracy, he brought our Democracy to its knees. Clooney should get out of politics and go back to television,” he continued. “Movies never really worked for him!!!”

Newsweek reached out for comment to Clooney’s publicist and the Trump and Biden campaigns via email on Wednesday night.

Clooney, who co-hosted a successful Biden fundraiser only weeks earlier, argued in the Times that Biden’s abilities had been diminished due to his advanced age, while lamenting his disappointing debate performance and insisting that Democrats will lose to Trump if the president remains at the top of the ticket.

“I love Joe Biden,” Clooney writes. “But the one battle he cannot win is the fight against time. None of us can. It’s devastating to say it, but the Joe Biden I was with three weeks ago at the fund-raiser was not the Joe ‘big F-ing deal’ Biden of 2010. He wasn’t even the Joe Biden of 2020. He was the same man we all witnessed at the debate.”

“We are not going to win in November with this president,” he continues. “This isn’t only my opinion; this is the opinion of every senator and Congress member and governor who I’ve spoken with in private. Every single one, irrespective of what he or she is saying publicly.”

Clooney goes on to list the possible benefits of a shortened election cycle with a new candidate, arguing that “it would give us the chance to showcase the future without so much opposition research and negative campaigning that comes with these ridiculously long and expensive election seasons.”

“Would it be messy?” Clooney writes. “Yes. Democracy is messy. But would it enliven our party and wake up voters who, long before the June debate, had already checked out? It sure would.”

Clooney ends his guest essay with the following: “Joe Biden is a hero; he saved democracy in 2020. We need him to do it again in 2024.”