George Clooney says President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE's name will forever be synonymous with "insurrection" following Wednesday's riots at the Capitol.
The "Midnight Sky" actor and director said it was "devastating to watch" the attack on the Capitol by pro-Trump crowds protesting Congress's certification of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHaiti prime minister warns inequality will cause migration to continue Pelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system MORE's win.
"This puts Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka [Trump], all of them, into the dustbin of history. That name will now forever be associated with insurrection," Clooney said on KCRW’s "The Business" podcast. The full interview, taped Thursday, will be released Jan. 15.
Clooney, 59, called the riots — which led to the evacuation of lawmakers and the deaths of at least five people, including a Capitol Police officer — the "straw that [broke] the camel's back" in terms of turning many Republicans against Trump.
"It just seemed like that line just kept getting moved, and moved, and moved — and outrage just didn't even matter anymore. Even to the point of calling the secretary of state in Georgia and pressuring him," he said, referring to audio released earlier this month by The Washington Post in which Trump is heard pressing the Peach State official, Brad Raffensperger (R), to “find” more than 11,000 votes to overturn his election loss in Georgia.
"None of that seemed to matter. This mattered," continued Clooney, a human rights activist and prominent supporter of Democratic candidates.
Noting the resignations of some of Trump's Cabinet and administration aides, including Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine ChaoSaluting FOIA on its birthday House passes bill to strengthen authority of federal watchdogs Biden at Sen. John Warner's funeral: He 'gave me confidence' MORE and former chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE, the Academy Award winner told host Kim Masters, "This is a big, big difference."
"If this is what it takes to sort of set us on the right path — not that it's worth it, it's certainly not worth it in any way shape or form," Clooney said, "but at least we should find something hopeful to come out of some of this disaster."