George Clooney admits jig is up, Biden needs to step down – says his struggles apparent at fundraiser

Famous actor George Clooney dropped a bombshell op-ed Wednesday calling on President Joe Biden to step out of the race.

The opinion piece, published in The New York Times, establishes Clooney as a “lifelong Democrat” who considers Biden “a friend.” It also quickly gets to the heart of the matter: President Biden’s obvious cognitive decline and his ability to win in November.

“I’m a lifelong Democrat; I make no apologies for that. I’m proud of what my party represents and what it stands for. As part of my participation in the democratic process and in support of my chosen candidate, I have led some of the biggest fund-raisers in my party’s history,” he wrote. “Barack Obama in 2012. Hillary Clinton in 2016. Joe Biden in 2020. Last month I co-hosted the single largest fund-raiser supporting any Democratic candidate ever, for President Biden’s re-election. I say all of this only to express how much I believe in this process and how profound I think this moment is.”

“I love Joe Biden. As a senator. As a vice president and as president. I consider him a friend, and I believe in him,” the actor continued. “Believe in his character. Believe in his morals. In the last four years, he’s won many of the battles he’s faced.”

His love of the president isn’t enough to keep him from stating the obvious.

“But the one battle he cannot win is the fight against time. None of us can. It’s devastating to say it, but the Joe Biden I was with three weeks ago at the fund-raiser was not the Joe ‘big F-ing deal’ Biden of 2010. He wasn’t even the Joe Biden of 2020. He was the same man we all witnessed at the debate,” Clooney admits.

The actor blames fear of Trump for people choosing to ignore “warning signs,” but the debate was a problem even the most proficient spinmeister couldn’t explain away.

“Was he tired? Yes. A cold? Maybe. But our party leaders need to stop telling us that 51 million people didn’t see what we just saw. We’re all so terrified by the prospect of a second Trump term that we’ve opted to ignore every warning sign. The George Stephanopoulos interview only reinforced what we saw the week before. As Democrats, we collectively hold our breath or turn down the volume whenever we see the president, who we respect, walk off Air Force One or walk back to a mic to answer an unscripted question.”

At the end of the day, Clooney admitted a reality that many Democrats were forced to confront in the days following the debate: Biden can’t win.

“Is it fair to point these things out? It has to be. This is about age. Nothing more. But also nothing that can be reversed. We are not going to win in November with this president,” he wrote. “On top of that, we won’t win the House, and we’re going to lose the Senate. This isn’t only my opinion; this is the opinion of every senator and congress member and governor that I’ve spoken with in private. Every single one, irrespective of what he or she is saying publicly.”

He then pointed to some popular names in leftist circles as potential replacements for POTUS.

“Let’s hear from Wes Moore and Kamala Harris and Gretchen Whitmer and Gavin Newsom and Andy Beshear and J.B. Pritzker and others. Let’s agree that the candidates not attack one another but, in the short time we have, focus on what will make this country soar. Then we could go into the Democratic convention next month and figure it out.”

In closing out his piece, Clooney called Joe Biden a “hero” who “saved democracy in 2020,” and wrote that the president needs to step down as a way to “do it again in 2024.”

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