George Clooney urges Biden to end campaign

George Clooney urges Biden to end campaign

Actor George Clooney, one of the Democratic Party's prominent fundraisers, made an emotional plea on Wednesday for President Joe Biden to end his faltering reelection campaign.

Clooney, a member of Hollywood's elite who provides significant support to the Democrats, joined a growing list of public figures urging Biden, 81, to step aside after his poor debate performance against Donald Trump last month.

"I love Joe Biden," Clooney wrote in the New York Times. "I consider him a friend, and I believe in him... But the one battle he cannot win is the fight against time."

A self-described "lifelong Democrat," Clooney co-hosted a star-studded fundraiser with Biden in Los Angeles just last month, featuring former president Barack Obama. The Biden campaign reported that the event raised a record $28 million.

"It's devastating to say it, but the Joe Biden I was with three weeks ago at the fundraiser was not the Joe 'big F-ing deal' Biden of 2010," Clooney wrote, referencing a famous hot-mic moment from Biden's vice presidency. "He wasn't even the Joe Biden of 2020. He was the same man we all witnessed at the debate," Clooney said, directly challenging Biden's claim that his poor debate performance was a one-off incident.

"The dam has broken" on Democratic lawmakers publicly calling for Biden to withdraw, Clooney said, urging more to come forward. "Top Democrats—Chuck Schumer, Hakeem Jeffries, Nancy Pelosi—and senators, representatives, and other candidates who face losing in November need to ask this president to voluntarily step aside."

The Oscar-winner dismissed concerns that Biden's exit would create chaos just four months before an election in which the Democrats aim to prevent Trump from returning to power. He did not endorse a replacement candidate but suggested the party consider contenders such as Vice President Kamala Harris, Maryland Governor Wes Moore, and others. "Then we could go into the Democratic convention next month and figure it out," he wrote.

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