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Amal Clooney takes aim at Donald Trump in new BBC interview

Published 27/04/2016

Amal Clooney
Amal Clooney

The human rights lawyer hopes the Republican loses to America's first female leader.

George Clooney's wife Amal Clooney has made it clear she's not a fan of U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

In a new BBC interview, the British human rights lawyer admits she's "perplexed" by the property tycoon and former reality TV star's political success.

Trump is the red hot favourite to become the Republican Party's candidate in the race for the White House, which begins later this year (16), and Amal can't believe he's doing so well.

But she's confident he won't be able to beat Hillary Clinton, her husband's pick for the next President, if she lands the Democratic Party's candidacy - because his thoughts on immigration, women's issues and foreign policy aren't shared by the U.S. majority.

"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 of those points of view," Amal Clooney says. "I don't think they're U.S. values."

Earlier this month (Apr16), the Clooneys hosted a star-studded fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at their home in Los Angeles, and Amal, 38, insists all Americans have to do to realise Trump is not true presidential material is watch him on TV.

"There's an ad on the TV in the U.S. where they went through all these statements he made against women and you watch that and you think, 'Gosh'. He has a really high negative rating. I don't think he's going to get much of the women's vote as a result of that."

And the lawyer, whose parents are Muslim, also takes issue with Trump's views on religion: "When you listen to what the leading candidate on the Republican side has been saying about building walls, about excluding Mexicans and a complete shutdown of all Muslims entering in, and if you actually look at what he specifically said in that now infamous speech about Muslims, he kept saying, 'They only want jihad (spiritual struggle or holy war). They don't believe in our way of life. They don't respect our system'.

"And when he says 'they' and you watch the media coverage afterwards, people, I think, should have 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 violent or extremists in any way?'"

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