George Clooney calls on Joe Biden to STEP DOWN from the 2024 presidential race and rips his brutal debate performance

George Clooney turned out on President Joe Biden, calling on him to exit the presidential race.

‘Joe Biden is a hero; he saved democracy in 2020. We need him to do it again in 2024,’ the actor wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times. 

Clooney, who hosted a star-studded fundraiser for Biden in Los Angeles on June 16, said the person he saw there was the candidate the world saw at last week’s presidential debate.

‘I love Joe Biden. As a senator. As a vice president and as president. I consider him a friend, and I believe in him. Believe in his character. Believe in his morals. In the last four years, he’s won many of the battles he’s faced,’ Clooney wrote.

‘But the one battle he cannot win is the fight against time. None of us can. 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,’ he said. 

George Clooney, President Joe Biden, Julia Roberts and Barack Obama at the June 16 fundraiser

Biden and Clooney have a long relationship, going back to Biden’s day as chairman of the Senate Foreign Services Committee. Clooney was working on issues in Darfar and connected with him.

The president has honored Clooney for his support, hosting him at the White House for the Kennedy Center Honors in December 2022. 

But the actor was reportedly furious at the White House after Biden attacked an attempt by Amal, Clooney’s lawyer wife, to jail the Prime Minister of Israel, it emerged on Thursday. 

Amal Clooney off a bid by the chief prosecutor of the International Crminal Court last month to seek the arrest of Benjamin Netanyahu alongside Hamas leaders for war crimes – a move the President denounced as ‘outrageous’.

He reportedly called one of Biden’s closest advisers to make his feelings know. 

Clooney, along with actress Julia Roberts and former President Barack Obama, helped raise $30 million for Biden’s campaign last month.

But the fundraiser was shadowed with questions after a video appeared to show Obama having to guide Biden off stage. 

In the video, Biden and Obama are seen waving and smiling while receiving a standing ovation in the Peacock Theater in downtown Los Angeles. 

Biden applauds and gives the audience a thumbs up but then he stops moving as he stares out over the crowd for several long seconds. 

That’s when Obama, still smiling and waving, takes Biden by the wrist and gives him a gentle tug. That’s when the president appears to snap out of it. 

They proceed to walk off the stage together with Obama speaking into Biden’s ear as he pats him on the back as they go.