George Clooney has a short and not-so-sweet message to President Donald Trump: ‘F**k you.”
The politically active Democrat has frequently criticized Trump, and once again goes off on the former “Celebrity Apprentice” host during an interview with The Daily Beast.
Trump’s criticism of the “Hollywood elite” — who, for the most part, are vehemently opposed to his policies — is something the “Suburbicon” director finds to be ridiculous, considering Trump’s past as a flamboyant billionaire who palled around with celebrities.
“This idea that I’m somehow the ‘Hollywood elite’ and this guy who takes a s**t in a gold toilet is somehow the man of the people is laughable,” says Clooney.
“People in Hollywood, for the most part, are people from the Midwest who moved to Hollywood to have a career,” he adds. “So this idea of ‘coastal elites’ living in a bubble is ridiculous. Who lives in a bigger bubble? He lives in a gold tower and has 12 people in his company. He doesn’t run a corporation of hundreds of thousands of people he employs and takes care of. He ran a company of 12 people! When you direct a film you have seven different unions all wanting different things, you have to find consensus with all of them, and you have to get them moving in the same direction. He’s never had to do any of that kind of stuff. I just look at it and I laugh when I see him say ‘Hollywood elite.’ Hollywood elite? I don’t have a star on Hollywood Boulevard. Donald Trump has a star on Hollywood Boulevard! F**k you!”
Clooney also comes out swinging against Trump’s former White House adviser Steve Bannon, blasting the alt-right Breitbart chief as “a p***y. Steve Bannon is a little wannabe writer who would do anything in the world to have had a script made in Hollywood. He wrote one of the worst scripts I’ve ever read — and I’ve read it… It’s just f**kin’ terrible.”
Despite his support for Hillary Clinton in the election that brought Trump to the White House, Clooney offers some blunt criticism, telling The Daily Beast that “she was incredibly qualified for the job. But being qualified for the job does not necessarily mean you’re the right person to be president.”
Clooney explains: “Here’s what I mean. She was more qualified than even her husband was when he was elected president, but she’s not as good at communicating things. That’s simply true. When she got up and gave a speech, it didn’t soar. Now, that doesn’t mean that she wouldn’t have done a great job as president, and I supported her because by the time we did the fundraiser the primary was over at that point and it was time to get on with picking someone to move forward, and she was the right person to side with.”
However, Clooney admits he found it “frustrating because I never saw her elevate her game. I never saw it. And I had a lot of liberal friends who were like, ‘She’s not good at this.’ And I see that, and I understand it. I also think, though, that if it was a guy it wouldn’t have been so polarizing. I think the fact that she’s a woman made it a much harder uphill battle.”