George Clooney: Donald Trump is a demagogue and Steve Bannon a failed filmmaker

George Clooney called for journalists to hold ‘demagogue’ president Donald Trump’s ‘feet to the fire’ and slammed his chief strategist Steve Bannon, calling him a failed filmmaker.

hollywood Updated: Feb 22, 2017 13:40 IST
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Clooney will receive a Honours Cesar during the 42nd Cesar film award ceremony in Paris, which will take place on February 24, 2017.(AFP)

Hollywood star George Clooney has criticised US President Donald Trump and his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, calling them “Hollywood elitists”.

In an interview on the French program Rencontres de Cinema, the Oscar-winning actor mentioned Meryl Streep’s speech during the Golden Globes in January in which she blasted the president as a bully. Clooney said it’s wrong for conservatives to dismiss Streep’s speech just because she is a wealthy actor, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“When Meryl spoke, everyone on that one side said, ‘Well that’s elitist Hollywood speaking.’ Donald Trump has 22 acting credits in television. He collects $120,000 a year in his Screen Actors Guild pension fund. He is a Hollywood elitist,” Clooney said.

“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 LA 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,” he added.

The 55-year-old actor also called for journalists to continue to hold Trump’s “feet to the fire.”

“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 said that Americans tend to do “a lot of dumb things over a period of time, but we’re also pretty good at fixing them.” The actor mentioned the war in Iraq as an example.

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First Published: Feb 22, 2017 13:39 IST