Clooney Calls on Biden to Step Aside, Warns of Electoral Risks

In a guest article for Wednesday’s New York Times, actor George Clooney urged President Biden to withdraw from the 2024 contest, a just weeks after collecting millions of dollars for the Democratic contender.

“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 said. 

“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,” he went on.

Following the debate, when supporters were frightened by Biden’s sluggish, fragile, and occasionally confused performance, the actor became one of an increasing number of Hollywood elites and megadonors who had turned against the candidate. 

Political friends, members of Biden’s party, and leftist media personalities have also put pressure on the president to withdraw from the contest, claiming he cannot defeat former President Trump.

“This is about age. Nothing more. But also nothing that can be reversed. We are not going to win in November with this president,” Clooney said.  Clooney chastised Democrats for keeping their “heads in the sand” about the party’s predicament and issued a warning that it was past time to nominate a new candidate.

Leading Democrats such as Sen. Chuck Schumer, Reps. Hakeem Jeffries and Nancy Pelosi, and candidates facing electoral danger themselves, were urged by Clooney to put pressure on Biden to “voluntarily step aside.”

He contended that other Democratic leaders could present their cases to the American people if Biden was removed from the ticket.

President Biden has maintained to supporters and media outlets this week that he will continue to run and that he is still the strongest contender to defeat his Republican opponent, even in the face of growing pressure to withdraw.

The Biden campaign cited Biden’s numerous declarations about continuing to run for office as evidence to Fox News Digital.

Clooney complained to the White House in May over President Biden’s criticism of the ICC for issuance of arrest warrants for Israeli officials. Amal Clooney, Clooney’s spouse, handled the case.