George Clooney just compared Donald Trump to the most notorious communist witch hunter

George Clooney has compared the Trump era to McCarthyism.

The actor, who received an honorary award at Friday’s César Awards in Paris, did not mention President Donald Trump by name but invoked Edward R Murrow’s words about Senator McCarthy.

The term McCarthyism originates from the anti-Communist witch-hunt against the left led by Senator McCarthy in 1950's America. The term has now taken on a broader meaning and refers to the practice of making accusations of treason which lack proper regard for evidence.

Appearing on stage alongside actor Jean Dujardin, who presented the award, Clooney started his speech by thanking his wife, Amal Clooney, and the French Academy. He then turned his attentions towards the state of the US.

“I was thinking about Edward R. Murrow as we find ourselves nostalgic for when America was great and when the news wasn’t fake,” he told the audience.

“Maybe his words some 60 years can help put things in perspective.”

He then pieced together quotes from one of Murrow's most famous telecasts which saw him rebuke Senator McCarthy back in 1954 on CBS for mounting anti-communist suppression.

Credit: Independent

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