Hollywood A-Lister and political activist George Clooney has had it with Donald Trump and others who bash movie stars for speaking out on politics.
The Oscar winner is pushing back by pointing out that President Trump and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon are themselves “Hollywood elitists.”
“When Meryl spoke, everyone on that one side said, ‘Well that’s elitist Hollywood speaking.’ Donald Trump has 22 acting credits in television,” Clooney said referring to fellow actor Meryl Streep, in an interview with the French network, Canal+.
Streep famously blasted Donald Trump in an emotional speech during the Golden Globes last month, which went viral.
Clooney added that Trump “collects $120,000 a year from his Screen Actors Guild pension fund. He is a Hollywood elitist.”
The actor has made no secret of his political leanings, having hosted multiple high dollar political events for Democratic candidates, including former President Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. He also regularly speaks out over political issues.
Clooney did not stop at just Trump. He also called out his former campaign chair, and current White House senior adviser. “Steve Bannon is a failed film writer and director. That’s the truth; that’s what he’s done,” Clooney said with a mocking tone. “He wrote a Shakespearean rap musical about the L.A. riots that he couldn’t get made. he made a lot of money off of ‘Seinfeld.’ He’s elitist Hollywood. I mean that’s the reality.”
The actor said that Meryl Streep had “every right to speak up,” adding that “She was an American citizen long before she was an icon.”
Though he criticized the press for a poor performance during the election season, he called on journalists to put pressure on Trump.
“We have a demagogue in the White House. We need the fourth estate, which is journalists, to hold his feet to the fire.”
They didn’t do a very good job during the campaign. And they haven’t done a particularly good job yet. But those things will change,” he said.
Clooney had predicted that Hillary Clinton would be the next president of the United States. He said of Trump now living in the White House as still “hard to imagine. It still catches in your throat.”
“But we’ll fix it,” he added. “We have to.”