Amal Clooney Speaks up Against Donald Trump’s Statements on Muslims and Women

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Amal Clooney slammed Trump for his Islamophobia and statement on women in an interview with BBC.

On April 26, on the same day as the politically pivotal Super Tuesday primaries, where GOP and Democratic frontrunners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton bagging in most of the votes across five states, reports came out on DailyMail UK and Mirror UK highlighting human rights lawyer Amal Clooney’s recent controversial statements about the equally controversial Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump. Hollywood star George Clooney’s better half, already a celebrity all on her own, spoke out on the billionaire’s hasty negative categorization of all Muslims and his host of sexist statements, while expressing that she is “perplexed” over his continued dominance in the current race to the Republican nomination.

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Amal Clooney, whose parents are Muslim, made the statements in an interview with BBC that mainly focused on her work representing journalist and Azerbaijan prisoner Khadija Ismayilova. She alluded to Trump’s incendiary statements about banning Muslims from entering the United States, building a wall on the Mexican border and those against women. She also stated that the elections in November are more critical than any other elections that have taken place in a very long time. Clooney refused to even utter Trump’s name, gracefully expressing her views without resorting to flagrant speech.

Clooney asserted:

I mean, when you listen to what the leading candidate on the Republican side has been saying about building walls, about excluding Mexicans, and saying there has to be a complete shutdown on all Muslims coming in.

If you actually look at what he specifically says 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 know, you watch the media coverage afterwards and people should’ve 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, the vast majority of whom are not extremist or violent in any way?

Clooney also said that the only way that there could be a positive spin to Trump that would have good political significance is he is defeated in the elections. “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 about that point of view,” she continued. She also expressed doubt that Trump would get much of the women’s vote.

Amal and George Clooney are staunch supporters of the Democratic Party, having co-hosted two fundraisers for the group. They are also transparent about their support of Hillary Clinton. George wasn’t quite as toned down as his spouse, and this past September he dismissed Trump as a laughingstock and said that he did not consider him a real threat in the elections. In a March report by Vanity Fair, he called Trump an “opportunist” and a “xenophobic fascist.” He also said that things tend to “go crazy” on election season, but the “massively stupid idea” of banning Muslims will not happen.

George maintains his faith that Americans will do the right thing in the end, quoting Winston Churchill: “You can count on Americans to do the right thing after they’ve exhausted all the other possibilities.” He also said that he had an appreciation of Bernie Sanders’ participation in the debate, and that he stirs up political conversation about unaddressed issues such as the divide between the rich and the poor.