Call him a reluctant optimist, but actor George Clooney is now in President-elect Donald Trump‘s corner. …sort of.
The fervent Hillary Clinton supporter was in London on Monday for a reception for his film documentary about Syrian rescue workers, “The White Helmets,” when Clooney suggested that while not excited, he is willing to give Trump a chance. “We have to hope that [Trump] can do a decent job, because when the president of the United States fails, really terrible things happen,” Clooney said, according to The Hill.
— The Hill (@thehill) January 10, 2017
“When we first needed a president, we had George Washington,” Clooney said. “We had Jefferson, Adams.”“When we had the Civil War, we had Lincoln,” he continued.“I think we’re going to be a little unlucky now,” Clooney said in response to Donald Trump being elected president. “I can only hope for the best.”
The glimmer of heavily-guarded optimism was likely a hard pill to swallow from the actor who emphatically declared in May that “there’s not going to be a President Donald Trump. That’s not going to happen.”Well, it’s happening. And Clooney can add himself to the very short list of Hollywood types who aren’t in complete denial about it.