Michael Douglas backs George Clooney's 'valid' ditching of Biden in 2024 presidential race over POTUS' old age concerns

Michael Douglas backs George Clooney's 'valid' ditching of Biden in 2024 presidential race over POTUS' old age concerns
Hollywood actor Michale Douglas (L) backed George Clooney (R) for his concerns on Biden's reelection campaign (Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Michael Douglas, the acclaimed 'Wall Street' actor, has joined a growing number of Hollywood figures expressing concerns about President Joe Biden's reelection campaign.

Douglas, who has supported Biden, said the president's reelection campaign won't be easy. 

Michael Douglas backs George Clooney for ditching Joe Biden before November election

Michael Douglas reflected on Joe Biden’s long public service career but admitted that he is "deeply concerned" about the 2024 race, in an appearance on 'The View'.

This comes as other prominent Democrats have also started voicing their doubts about Biden’s chances of success.

Douglas' comments were prompted by a New York Times essay from George Clooney, another high-profile Democratic supporter.


In the editorial, Clooney suggested that Democrats “are not going to win in November with this president.”

George Clooney (Photo by Joshua Sammer/Getty Images)
Actor George Clooney, in his July 10 New York Times essay, suggested that Democrats 'are not going to win in November with this president' (Joshua Sammer/Getty Images)

Douglas echoed this sentiment, saying, “I think it’s a valid point. I’m deeply, deeply concerned. It’s especially difficult because the Democrats have a big bench. They have a lot of heavy hitters.”

The 'Basic Instinct' actor reiterated the need for strength and courage from both parties. “We need courage. We just generally need some strength and courage on the side of both parties,” he said.

Michael Douglas says Joe Biden's reelection bid is a 'tough one' which has him 'deeply concerned'

Michael Douglas, 79, acknowledged the challenges faced by Joe Biden, who has been in public service for fifty years.

“It’s such a tough one. I adore the guy. Fifty years of public service — a wonderful guy. This just happens to be one of these elections that is just so crucial. And it’s really hard,” Douglas said.

“I don’t worry necessarily today or tomorrow, but a year down the line, I worry. I am concerned,” Douglas added. 

Michael Douglas lauded Joe Biden for being in public service for 50 years but stressed it's time for the POTUS to step aside and give the newer generation the chance to lead the US (Getty Images)

Filmmaker Rob Reiner's pro-Joe Biden stance shifts with George Clooney and Michael Douglas

Rob Reiner, known for directing 'When Harry Met Sally' and his vocal opposition to former President Donald Trump, also supported Clooney’s perspective.

Reiner, who respects Biden, stated, “We need someone younger to fight back. Joe Biden must step aside.”

Less than three months ago, Douglas had defended Biden’s age and fitness for office, stating that the president appeared as “sharp as a tack," The Hill noted. 

Douglas mentioned that everyone in Biden’s circle assured him that the president was “fine.”

However, his stance seemed to shift following a debate between Biden and Trump last month, where Biden's performance reignited questions about his health.

Internet divides over Michael Douglas's concern about Joe Biden's presidential candidacy

Online reactions to Michael Douglas's remarks on Joe Biden's reelection bid were mixed.

One commenter wrote, “Frankly, they both should drop out! Joe Biden and Donald Trump are both too old to be President nor should anyone else over 70 be considered for the job.”

Another user commented, "Even Douglas knows Biden’s going to lose."

One comment read, “This notion that Biden is a good, decent, honorable man is garbage. He has been historically reckless, divisive, vulgar, and an absolute liar. He is lucky to have the media on his side.”

Another online reaction highlighted concerns about Biden’s appearance and health, stating, “Biden really needs to drop out. He looks and sounds horrible.”






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