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"That name will now forever be associated with insurrection," Clooney said of the Trump family following the Capitol riots on Wednesday

By Alexia Fernández
January 08, 2021 07:25 PM
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George Clooney isn't mincing words when it comes to Donald Trump's legacy following the riots that took place in Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

"It's devastating to watch the 'People's House' being desecrated in that way," Clooney, 59, said in an upcoming episode of KCRW's The Business podcast.

He continued, "This puts Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka, all of them, into the dustbin of history. That name will now forever be associated with insurrection." 

He then referenced how former White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly said recently that if he was in the cabinet he would have voted for the 25th Amendment to remove Trump, 74, from office.

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"This is a big,  big difference," said Clooney. "If this is what it takes to set us on the right path, I think that not that it's worth it, it's not worth it in any shape or form, but at least we should find something hopeful to come out of some of this disaster." 

Of the Capitol riots, Clooney said the events leading up to it were "also a tremendous overreach in a way — everybody kept waiting for, what's the one thing, the straw that breaks the camel's back and it just seemed like that line just kept getting moved and moved and moved and outrage didn't even matter anymore, even to the point of calling the Secretary of State in Georgia and pressuring him. None of that seemed to matter. This mattered."

The editorial boards of a slew of major national newspapers have urged President Donald Trump to resign or be impeached, citing his incitement of — and response to — the Capitol riots that lead to the deaths of five people on Wednesday.

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Among the publications that called for Trump to resign or face impeachment were the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

"Responsibility for this act of sedition lies squarely with the president, who has shown that his continued tenure in office poses a grave threat to U.S. democracy," the Post wrote. "He should be removed."

Several lawmakers have also demanded that Trump be removed from office with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying Thursday that "if the vice president and Cabinet do not act the Congress may be prepared to move forward with impeachment."

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