- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

George Clooney said he is tired of having to explain the actions and rhetoric of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump to puzzled onlookers abroad.

In Esquire’s May issue, Mr. Clooney lamented that he constantly has to answer for Mr. Trump when he really wants to focus on the Syrian refugee crisis.

The 54-year-old actor asked, “How am I to defend [Americans] when the only voice that’s coming out from across the sea is banning Muslims?

“That’s the problem with what’s going on,” he said. “It’s not that it’s going to happen; it’s that we’re broadcasting this to the rest of the world.”

Mr. Clooney recalled when he was asked in Amsterdam, “What’s going on with Trump?”

“And I said: ‘Look, we’re not going to do these things. We’re not going to deport Muslims. We’re not going to build a wall.’ But the problem is all these other countries hear these things, and all of a sudden you see in France that [politician Jean-Marie] Le Pen is going, ‘Bravo.’ You get all of these nut cases on the far-right fringe saying, ‘Well, if America thinks that…’”

Mr. Clooney said the real problem with Mr. Trump is that “his ideas bleed into the rest of the world.”

“This country is a big carrier ship that has to slowly turn all the time to right itself, and it takes longer than we want it to,” he told Esquire. “But if you look at us over the history of time, we really [expletive] up. We [expletive] up with the Indians; we [expletive] up with slavery. We were terrible to women. We [expletive] up and we [expletive] up and we [expletive] up, and we get better. We’re not great yet; we haven’t fixed it all yet. We didn’t figure it out in 1776. We didn’t have a Constitution until 1787. It takes a while to figure things out. But what happened in 2008 was: Just when you thought you couldn’t figure it out, that the world was going to go straight to hell, we elected the first African-American ever, who, when he speaks, he makes us feel proud and makes the rest of the world calm down about the United States.”

Mr. Clooney is a longtime Democrat who has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. On Sunday, he defended hosting two $353,000-per-couple fundraisers for the Democratic front-runner over the weekend.

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