Politics | September 25, 2017 10:49 am

George Clooney Addresses Why Hillary Clinton Lost

Clooney says Clinton is 'not good at communicating things.'

George Clooney
George Clooney attends a premiere for "Suburbicon" on day 3 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Princess of Wales Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

In a new interview with The Daily Beast, George Clooney speculates why Hillary Clinton lost. The conversation didn’t just come out of the blue. Clooney was discussing Charlottesville, as well as his new movie, which is a “denunciation of American racism wrapped within a dark comedy scripted in part by the Coen Brothers,” according to Vanity FairAnd since racism is ultimately wrapped up in politics, Clooney started talking about Trump, and then Clinton.

Clooney says that Clinton was more qualified than her husband was when he was elected president, but that she’s “not good at communicating things.” He goes on to say that this doesn’t mean she wouldn’t have done a great job as president, but that it was “simply true.” Clooney says that he supported her and she was the “right person to side with” but that he was frustrated because he “never saw her elevate her game.”

“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,” Clooney said, according to Vanity Fair. 

Clooney goes on to say that, “if it was a guy it wouldn’t have been so polarizing. I think the fact that she’s a woman made it a much harder uphill battle.”

Clinton herself has blamed sexism as one of the factors as to why she wasn’t elected. She discusses it in her new memoir What Happened, along with Vladimir Putin, Obama, the media, and herself.

But though Clooney acknowledges sexism as a factor, he thinks that the biggest thing was her inability to get people “fired up,” writes Vanity Fair. He said that he doesn’t think Clinton was good at articulating the things she wanted to do while Trump had a statement: Make America Great Again.

“Don’t you think the next Democrat who runs should just run with a blue hat that says, ‘Make America Great Again?’” Clooney said, according to Vanity Fair.