- The Washington Times - Monday, September 25, 2017

Oscar-winning actor George Clooney, who endorsed Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign, says the former Democratic nominee’s inability to communicate effectively and “elevate her game” was what cost her the election to President Trump.

Mr. Clooney, 56, admitted in a recent interview with The Daily Beast that Mrs. Clinton wasn’t as good at communicating with voters as her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and that her failure to articulate her policies damaged her campaign.

Hillary, for years and years and years, has been the presumptive nominee, and quite honestly, she was incredibly qualified for the job,” the actor said. “But being qualified for the job does not necessarily mean you’re the right person to be president. Here’s what I mean. She was more qualified than even her husband was when he was elected president, but she’s not as good at communicating things. That’s simply true. When she got up and gave a speech, it didn’t soar.

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“Now, that doesn’t mean that she wouldn’t have done a great job as president, and I supported her because by the time we did the fundraiser, the primary was over at that point and it was time to get on with picking someone to move forward, and she was the right person to side with,” said Mr. Clooney, who co-hosted a lavish fundraiser for Mrs. Clinton with his wife, attorney Amal Clooney, in April 2016.

“It was frustrating because I never saw her elevate her game,” Mr. Clooney continued. “I never saw it. And I had a lot of liberal friends who were like, ‘She’s not good at this.’ And I see that, and I understand it.”

Mr. Clooney said the former secretary of state’s gender likely gave her a “much harder uphill battle” to win the election, but that her biggest mistake was failing to win over voters with her policies.

“I think that she wasn’t particularly good at articulating the things that she wanted to do, and unfortunately we live at a time right now where articulating what you want to do is more potent in the electorate than the other way around, obviously, when Trump only said he was going to ‘Make America Great Again,’ ” he said.

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