Amal Clooney Speaks Out Against Donald Trump's Rhetoric

1.5 billion nopes.

Amal Clooney's husband, George, has been publicly outspoken about the 2016 U.S. election, and Amal joined the conversation in a big way on Monday.

During a BBC interview, host Matthew Amroliwala asked the Lebanese-born lawyer and activist about the "critical" presidential election in November.

Clooney found herself "perplexed" at Donald Trump's rising popularity. The Republican presidential frontrunner made a number of controversial remarks on the campaign trail, including proposing that the U.S. build a wall on the border with Mexico. Trump's plan to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. was also controversial.

"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'... 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 told the BBC.

Clooney and her husband are both Hillary Clinton supporters, and noted the irony that Trump could lose to a woman considering his history of sexist comments.

"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 told the BBC.

After speaking out against Trump, Clooney received messages of gratitude on social media.


Cover image via Chris Jackson/Getty Images.


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