George Clooney Blasts Trump And Bannon

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George Clooney is pushing back against Trump and Bannon for their recent attacks on actors and actresses, calling them the real “Hollywood elitists.”

The Hill reports that “George Clooney is pushing back against critics who bash movie stars for speaking out about politics, saying President Trump and White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon are the real “Hollywood elitists.'”

Clooney made the remarks during a new interview with French premium cable channel Canal Plus, during which he defended Meryl Streep, whose recent anti-Trump speech at the Golden Globes Awards last month left many in tears.

“When Meryl spoke, everyone on that one side said, ‘Well, that’s elitist Hollywood speaking.’ Donald Trump has 22 acting credits in television,” he stated during the interview.

Trump, the former “Celebrity Apprentice” star, “collects $120,000 a year from his Screen Actors Guild pension fund,” he stated. “He is a Hollywood elitist.”

Turning to Trump’s chief strategist, Clooney added that: “Steve Bannon is a failed film writer and director. That’s the truth, that’s what he’s done. 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.”

As the Telegraph reports, Trump lashed out at Streep after the awards program, tweeting that:

“Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never ‘mocked’ a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him ‘groveling’ when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!”

Continuing, Clooney defended Streep saying that she had “every right to speak up,” that “She was an American citizen long before she was an icon.”

Clooney added that the media needed to step up and do a better job pushing back against Trump than they have been doing so far.

“We have a demagogue in the White House. We need the fourth estate, which is journalists, to hold his feet to the fire,” he stated, adding: “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.”



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