George Clooney urges people to stand strong against Donald Trump’s administration.
The “Gravity” actor gave a bold speech at Variety’s Power of Women event. Clooney, 57, accused the U.S. government of creating “a time where fear is our stock in trade.”
Before diving into the meat of his serious speech, Clooney cracked a joke and introduced himself to the audience as “Amal Clooney’s husband.”
“Fear of Muslims. Fear of immigrants. Fear of minorities. Fear of strong women,” he said. “And because our government needs us to be afraid, the question is, are we really scared of all the things that actually make America great? And if the answer is yes, then we’ll have history to answer to. Because these are the ideas that will define us for generations.”
“When you call an entire religion your enemy, you might very well make an enemy out of an entire religion. When you tell a whole race of people that you value them less, you can’t be surprised when they question your values,” continued Clooney. “When you tell women that coming forward to testify about their abuse is a joke, don’t be shocked when they’re standing on your lawn, laughing on Nov. 7.”
Clooney said Trump’s reality TV persona has bled into government: “After all the jokes, and insults, and reality show frenzy, what will be remembered, what will stand the test of time, is holding responsible these wolves in wolves’ clothing.”
The actor also introduced and praised Stoneman Douglas shooting survivor and March For Our Lives activist Emma Gonzalez at the event.