(NEWSnet/AP) – Movie star and lifelong Democrat George Clooney is now among those calling for President Joe Biden to leave the 2024 race, weeks after headlining a fundraiser on behalf of a reelection campaign.

Clooney said Wednesday in a New York Times opinion piece that he loves Biden, but is of the opinion the party would lose the presidential race as well as any control in Congress with him as the nominee.

“This isn’t only my opinion; this is the opinion of every senator and congress member and governor that I’ve spoken with in private,” wrote Clooney.

Clooney argued the party should pick a new nominee at its convention next month, saying the process would be “messy” but “wake up” voters in the party’s favor, mentioning Vice President Kamala Harris and Govs. Wes Moore of Maryland, Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and Gavin Newsom of California among those from who the country should now hear.

Clooney noted differences he saw in the 81-year-old president during their recent Los Angeles event compared to years past.

“It’s devastating to say it, but the Joe Biden I was with three weeks ago at the fund-raiser was not the Joe ‘big F-ing deal’ Biden of 2010,” Clooney wrote. “He wasn’t even the Joe Biden of 2020. He was the same man we all witnessed at the debate.”

Last month, Clooney, Julia Roberts and Barbra Streisand were among those who took the stage for a fundraiser that took in a record $30 million-plus for Biden, in hopes of energizing would-be supporters for a White House contest they said may rank among the most consequential in U.S. history.

Biden has refused to end his reelection bid after viewers and political observers noticed his noticed his weak June 27 debate performance against Donald Trump, former president and leading Republican candidate.

The Republican National Committee's convention opens July 15. The Democratic National Committee's convention opens Aug. 19, although the DNC had planned to hold a virtual roll call before the convention in order to meet Ohio's filing deadline.

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