Amal Clooney also said Donald Trump's views "don't represent U.S. values"

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd
Updated April 26, 2016 03:20 PM
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Amal Clooney is speaking out about Donald Trump – and says she doesn’t believe his views represent most Americans’.

The noted human rights lawyer and wife of actor George Clooney told the BBC she is “perplexed” by the success of his candidacy, and is optimistic that his chances of winning the presidency are slim.

“We’re still dealing with the primary season and not the full election,” she said. “If at the end of all of this he gets beaten by the person who becomes the first female president of the United States, then I think that would send a very positive message from the electorate back to him as to what they really think of those points of view.

“I don’t think they’re U.S. values,” she added.

Earlier this month, the Clooneys hosted a star-studded fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at their home in Los Angeles.

Clooney, 38, declined to mention Trump by name during the BBC interview, and pointed out that his support among women has been called into question when asked what the success of his candidacy says about the U.S. in 2016.

“I’m probably as perplexed as you are as somebody viewing these things,” said Clooney, who was born in Beirut and raised in London. “There’s an ad on the TV in the U.S. where they went through all these statements he made against women and you watch that and you think ‘Gosh.’ He has a really high negative rating. I don’t think he’s going to get much of the women’s vote as a result of that.”

Clooney, whose parents are Muslim, also said Trump should be more challenged about his views on Muslims.

“When you listen to what the leading candidate on the Republican side has been saying about building walls, about excluding Mexicans and a complete shutdown of all Muslims entering in, and if you actually look at what he specifically said in that now infamous speech about Muslims, he kept saying, ‘They only want jihad. They don’t believe in our way of life. They don’t respect our system.’

“And when he says ‘they’ and you watch the media coverage afterwards, people, I think, should have been saying ‘Do you mean the 1.5 billion people around the world who fit that description? Do you mean the people who are U.S. citizens who are members of your military who are, the vast majority of whom are not violent or extremists in any way?’ ”

Clooney also addressed the case of Khadija Ismayilova at the European Court of Human Rights during the interview. She is representing the Azerbaijani journalist, who was jailed 18 months ago in what Clooney deemed a “sham” trial.

On Monday, Clooney also met with U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin to discuss Ismayilova and other human rights issues. The Maryland Democrat shared a shot of the pair in his office on Instagram.

“I had a very productive conversation with #AmalClooney and am impressed by her passion for and dedication to #humanrights,” he wrote in a caption for a photo of the pair.