Call her an idealist -- but moments before George Clooney was handcuffed in D.C. this morning, his mother Nina refused to believe he'd be arrested for leading a massive protest.
Nina was watching as George led the protest outside the Sudanese Embassy today -- and when a photog asked if she thought the actor might get locked up ... as people suspected he would ... Nina replied with an enthusiastic, "NO!"
But she wasn't worried either way -- claiming, "If he does ... he's a big boy."
And like any supportive mother -- Nina added, "I'm extremely proud of him."
George Clooney's Mom
Cops Won't Touch My Boy!
3/16/2012 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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