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Hollywood star George Clooney discussed Hillary Clinton's campaign in the 2016 presidential election, and admitted that there was only one person to blame for her loss: herself.
What did he say about Clinton's campaign?
In an interview with Marlow Stern of The Daily Beast, Clooney called Clinton "incredibly" qualified to be president but warned that "being qualified for the job does not necessarily mean you’re the right person to be president."
"She was more qualified than even her husband was when he was elected president, but she’s not as good at communicating things," Clooney said. "That’s simply true."
He added that whenever she gave a speech, "it didn't soar."
Clooney, who spearheaded a fundraiser for Clinton's election, said that though her communication skills were lacking, it didn't mean "she wouldn't have done a great job as president."
"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," the actor said.
He said that it was "frustrating" to watch Clinton's campaign unfold, because he "never saw her elevate her game."
"I never saw it," he repeated. "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."
Clooney said that being a woman, Clinton's gender "made it a much harder uphill battle."
"I also think, though, that if it was a guy [as the Democratic candidate] it wouldn’t have been so polarizing," he noted.
To recap, things Clooney has named that cost Clinton the election:
- She's a poor communicator
- Her speeches lacked oomph
- She couldn't up the ante on her own game
- Her gender
Clinton herself has listed a litany of reasons she believes she wasn't elected.
Some of them include:
- Her gender
- Russian interference
- Other politicians
- The Electoral College
- Fake news
- Former FBI Director James Comey
Clooney's tongue-in-cheek suggestion for the 2020 Democratic candidates?
Discussing how Democrats could possibly clinch the 2020 presidential race, Clooney quipped, "Don’t you think the next Democrat who runs should just run with a blue hat that says, ‘Make America Great Again?'"
This writer's perspective
Perhaps instead of entertainers and politicians speaking out about "What happened" [her book] with regard to Clinton's loss, and attempting to explain things away, they should hold others accountable for their mistakes.
Clooney's interview was headed in the right direction, but his rationale lost steam when he brought up Clinton's gender.
The true hallmark of a leader is being accountable for your shortcomings, as well as possessing the ability to hold others accountable for their own mistakes in loving and non-divisive way.
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