- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 12, 2016

Hollywood actor George Clooney turned his attention from movies to politics while in France to promise the world it will never experience a Donald Trump administration.

Mr. Clooney, who is at the Cannes Film Festival to promote his new film “Money Monster,” told reporters there is no path to victory for the Republican presidential hopeful.

“There is not going to be a President Donald Trump. That is not going to happen because fear is not going to drive our country,” Mr. Clooney said, Agence France-Presse reported. “We are not going to be scared of Muslims or immigrants or women. We are not actually afraid of anything.”

A Reuters/Ipsos poll released Wednesday shows Mr. Trump running nearly even with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton with months to go before the Nov. 8 Election Day.

Reuters’ survey, which was conducted May 6-10, gives Mrs. Clinton 41 percent support among voters, compared to 40 percent with Mr. Trump. Roughly 19 percent of 1,289 respondents said they were undecided.

“Trump is a result of all the news programs that don’t follow up and ask the questions,” Mr. Clooney said. “Twenty-four-hour news doesn’t mean you get more news, you just get the same news more.”

The actor recently made headlines after claiming there is an “obscene amount of money” in politics — immediately after hosting a California fundraiser for Mrs. Clinton that cost $33,000 a ticket. The best seats ran couples $353,400.

“I think that you know we had some protesters last night when we pulled up in San Francisco,” the actor told NBC’s Chuck Todd after the April 16 fundraiser. “And they’re right to protest. They’re absolutely right. It is an obscene amount of money. The Sanders campaign when they talk about it is absolutely right. It’s ridiculous that we should have this money in politics, I agree completely.”

 

Mr. Clooney’s “Money Monster” will released in select theaters this Friday. The film was directed by Jodie Foster and also stars Julia Roberts.

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