George Clooney was at a press conference for the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, when he expressed his views on Donald Trump, specifically the politician’s comments on Mexican immigrants. The A-list Hollywood actor spoke about the Republican presidential candidate calling these immigrants “criminals” and “rapists” since the start of his campaign in June.
Clooney unabashedly said, “Clearly, what he said is idiotic, of course it’s idiotic.” He added that anybody who uses these “intolerant words” deserves to be laughed at and “eventually history will do [the same].”
Back during the kickoff of his campaign, Trump called the U.S. a “dumping ground” of sorts for other countries’ problems. He included drug smugglers, criminals, and rapists as the character description of Mexican immigrants, but for good measure, he added, “Some, I assume, are good people.”
However, despite the hate and backlash that the billionaire is receiving from several famous names, he maintains that he was in fact right, and with good reason. A recent poll by CNN/ORC showed Trump in the lead for the 2016 presidential race with 32% support. This makes him the first Republican to pass the 30% benchmark.
Meanwhile, Clooney, who stars in Our Brand Is Crisis, the upcoming film adaptation of Bolivia’s 2002 presidential election, also confessed his surprise at the business mogul’s lead. The 54-year-old actor said, “Who’d have thought Donald Trump would be at 30%?”
But Clooney isn’t the first star to speak out against Trump. His former Ocean’s franchise co-star Matt Damon also voiced that he found the comments “disgusting and dehumanizing.” He told a Spanish international news agency that he, along with his Argentinian wife, Luciana Barroso, watched the Republican debate only up until it turned ugly.
Besides these celebrities, musicians Ricky Martin (Puerto Rican) and Shakira (Colombian), as well as actresses Eva Longoria (Mexican) and America Ferrera (Honduran) have also all expressed their strong disapproval of Trump.
Graham, R.F., “Clooney says history will ‘laugh’ at Trump: Movie star takes aim at The Donald over his ‘idiotic’ Mexican immigrant comments.” Daily Mail web site, September 13, 2015.