Clooney vs. Baio on Trump

May 22, 2016

In the midst of an election season like no other in the history of this country, two Hollywood heavyweights have stirred controversy with their opposing points of view. The first shot across the bow came from George Clooney while speaking with reporters at the Cannes Film Festival when he said, “Trump is actually a result in many ways of the fact that much of the news programs didn’t follow up and ask tough questions. That’s the truth. It’s really easy because your numbers go up…because they can show an empty podium saying that Donald Trump is about to speak.” In turn, Scott Baio in an interview on Fox News replied, “I think Clooney lives in an alternate universe. I don’t know what questions haven’t been asked of Donald Trump. On the flip side, what’s been asked of Hillary Clinton? Nothing.” Clooney went on to say that Donald Trump will not be president of the United States because “We’re not going to be scared of Muslims or immigrants or women. We’re not actually afraid of anything. We’re not going to use fear. So that’s not going to be an issue.” When asked about the same topic in an interview on Fox News, Baio stated, “Of course we [Trump supporters] are a racist, I’m a racist, you’re a racist, everybody’s a racist; I could fall asleep listening to the same exact argument from every liberal about every conservative…it’s boring, it’s old, and I hope soon the American people will go, ‘Ya know what? It just doesn’t fly anymore.’” And in an interview with the Guardian magazine, George said he was indeed a Hillary Clinton supporter but “really loves” Bernie Sanders. The Oscar-winning actor went on to add, “[Bernie Sanders] is forcing the conversation to things that never get talked about in US politics: disparity between the rich and the poor which is getting worse every day.” Conversely, when asked about Democratic values and income inequality, Baio said, “I don’t know what [Clooney’s] obsession or what their obsession is with socialism…If this is what they believe, just sell your home in Italy, sell your homes in LA, sell your cars and stuff, give it to the government and live on a hundred grand a year, and the ten million you make a movie, just give that to the government.”

Regardless of how you feel about these inflammatory issues, it’s important to keep a level head and try to listen respectfully to opposing points of view. When asked if George Clooney should be getting involved in politics, Scott Baio replied, “Yeah, he should be getting involved if he wants to, that’s his choice. I’m getting involved, and that’s my choice.” And for his part, George Clooney quoted Winston Churchill saying, “You can count on Americans to do the right thing after they’ve exhausted all other possibilities.”