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George Clooney Leads Hollywood Voices Calling for Joe Biden to Resign

President Joe Biden continues to lose key support among his colleagues, celebrities and donors.

Last month, Biden’s volatile performance in the first presidential debate with Republican nominee, former President Donald Trump, raised questions about his fitness to seek re-election.

Despite many calling for Biden to step down, the incumbent president insists he is capable of running again and winning.

But Biden’s confidence has apparently failed to reassure some of his once-ardent supporters, who have called on the president to step down.

In an editorial for New York TimesOscar-winning actor George Clooney wrote that while “I love Joe Biden,” Democrats “need a new nominee.”

“I love Joe Biden. As a senator. As a vice president and as a president. I consider him a friend and I believe in him. I believe in his character. I believe in his morals. He has won many of the battles he has faced over the last four years,” Clooney, 63, wrote.

“But the one battle he can’t win is the battle against time. None of us can. It’s devastating, but the Joe Biden I was at a fundraiser with three weeks ago was not the Joe ‘big f—‘ Biden of 2010. He wasn’t even the Joe Biden of 2020. He was the same man we all saw at the debate,” he said.

George Clooney Calls on Leading Democrats to ‘Ask This President to Voluntarily Resign’ (Getty photos)

This Oceans Eleven star called on “top Democrats,” including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to “ask this president to voluntarily resign.”

On Monday, July 8, 76-year-old best-selling horror author Stephen King tweeted that while “Joe Biden has been a good President,” it was time for him “in the interests of the America he so clearly loves, to announce that he will not seek re-election.”

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When Harry met Sally… director Rob Reiner, 77, shared a similar view. “If Convicted Criminal wins, we will lose our Democracy. Joe Biden has effectively served the United States with honor, decency, and dignity. It is time for Joe Biden to step down,” Reiner wrote on X.

Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof, a self-described “Democrat through and through,” declared that “Biden needs to go and Democrats need to wake up.”

In a guest article written for DeadlineLindelof urged others to hold off on donating to the Democratic Party “until there’s a change at the top of the list.”

“When Joe finally comes down the hill, I’m going to stand up and applaud. Because he really played a great game,” he said.

Stephen King, Rob Reiner and More Stars Call on Joe Biden to Resign (Getty photos)

One of the Democrats’ biggest donors, Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings, also called on Biden to drop out of the race. “Biden must step down to allow a vibrant Democratic leader to defeat Trump and keep us safe and prosperous,” he wrote in an email to New York Times.

Director Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11) was a bit more extreme in his argument against Biden. During an appearance at MSNBCMoore, 70, accused the Democratic Party of committing “elder abuse” by urging Biden to continue campaigning.

“The problem is I think we have a form of elder abuse here, where the Democratic Party and people who are part of the apparatus are pushing and pushing him to stay. And then he comes out and says, ‘I’m staying,’ and his family says, ‘I’m staying,'” he said.

“I don’t know about you, but despite my criticism of Biden, watching the debate last week was heartbreaking. It was like, imagine that’s your father up there,” Moore added. “I’m like, why is nobody doing anything? Why did they let him go on stage like that? Who’s taking care of him? Who’s taking care of him now?”

Last week, Disney heiress Abigail Disney, a longtime Democratic donor, praised the president as a “good man” who had served his country “admirably,” but warned that the Republican Party would win in November unless there was a leadership change.

“I intend to cease all contributions to the party until they replace Biden as the top candidate,” she said in a statement shared with CNBC.

View hosts were among the first mainstream commentators to push for Biden to drop out of the race. The day after Biden’s debate, talk show hosts discussed his poor performance, with Sara Haines declaring, “It pains me a little to have to say this today, but I think President Biden needs to step down and be replaced if we’re going to beat Donald Trump in November.”