George Clooney: Trump's name will 'forever be associated with insurrection'
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George Clooney says President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency 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 BidenBudowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit DC might win US House vote if it tries Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models 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 ChaoSchumer becomes new Senate majority leader FDA chief says he was 'disgusted' by Capitol riots, considered resigning McMaster: Trump running again would be 'terribly divisive' MORE and former chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyTrump campaign had paid .7M to organizers of rally ahead of Capitol riot: report Consumer bureau director resigns after Biden's inauguration FDA chief says he was 'disgusted' by Capitol riots, considered resigning 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."