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George Clooney Dings Donald Trump With Edward R. Murrow’s Condemnation of McCarthyism

George Clooney received an honorary award at Friday’s César Awards, and, in keeping with a politically charged awards season, Clooney used his acceptance speech to speak out against Donald Trump. Making like Meryl Streep, Clooney never mentioned Donald Trump by name, instead invoking Edward R. Murrow’s words about McCarthyism (recall: George Clooney loves Edward R. Murrow) and implementing slight tweaks to keep the references relevant. With words made indistinguishable from their ’60s origin, Clooney channeled Murrow to warn, “The actions of this president have caused alarm and dismay amongst our allies abroad, and given considerable comfort to our enemies. And whose fault is that? Not really his. He didn’t create this situation of fear, he merely exploited it — and rather successfully.” Watch it all unfold above.

George Clooney Shades Trump With Murrow’s McCarthyism Speech