- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 7, 2017

George Clooney doesn’t believe there’s any Democratic standouts who would have a chance in beating President Trump in the 2020 election.

Speaking with the U.K.’s Sunday Times, the Oscar-winning actor and outspoken liberal said the Democratic Party isn’t utilizing Hollywood like it should.

“I sat with the Democratic committee and said, ‘You guys keep coming to us for money, but you don’t come to us for the one thing we know how to do,’ which is make a poster that steals opening weekend,” Mr. Clooney said. “But we don’t have a good Democratic candidate yet. We don’t have anybody who lights up a room.

Trump, for all his terrible instincts, is very charismatic. A TV star,” he added. “People didn’t vote for him because he accomplished anything. They knew him. And they were, like, he’s exciting. He says outlandish stuff. That’s fun. He’s got a star on Hollywood Boulevard.”

Mr. Clooney, who supported Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign, said it’s “not necessarily” going to take a celebrity to beat Mr. Trump, but at least a charismatic candidate “who can light up the room.”

“You need what Barack Obama had: he showed up and you went, ‘That guy speaks to my voice,’” he said. “Democrats in general are very passive. In debates, the Republican will go, ‘That guy’s bad, and that guy’s good.’ And the Democrat will say, ‘Well, I understand what you’re saying, because your parents were alcoholics …’ And the reality is that you need people who go, ‘That’s good. That’s bad.’”

Mr. Clooney also ruled out a political run for himself, despite “so many people” pressuring him to get involved.

“I don’t have political aspirations,” he said. “I have always been involved in politics. My father ran for Congress. It’s been in our family forever. But, mostly, I can help in ways I actually know very well, like messaging.”

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