“What would make you think that once [Hillary Clinton] gets in, she’s going to suddenly go against the people that have given her millions and millions of dollars? I think that’s being incredibly naive and egotistical to think suddenly she’s going to see the right, you know?"
It’s no secret actor Susan Sarandon is a Bernie Sanders supporter, but her thoughts on Hillary Clinton might shock you.
When the starlet was interviewed by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, she was asked if she would switch her allegiance to Hillary Clinton if, in the end, the former Secretary of State were to win the Democratic nominee.
“I don’t know, I’m gonna see what happens.”
“Really?” asked Hayes.
“Really.” Sarandon responded.
Of course, her refusal to commit to supporting Clinton sparked plenty of outrage and backlash on the internet. People quickly attacked her for failing to stand by the Democratic Party and vote for the lesser of two evils, even if it’s not the candidate she is presently backing.
Interviews like the one Susan Sarandon gave on MSNBC tonight will persuade no one and alienate many. Not a great way to go.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) March 29, 2016
LMAO, "ignorant". Susan Sarandon voted for Nader and brought us Bush. Screw her and anyone who follow her. https://t.co/xBInomeGQg
— BWD (@theonlyadult) March 29, 2016
But Sarandon had an epic – and thoughtful – response to the haters.
She explained that Bernie Sanders is the only candidate running now who isn’t beholden to well-heeled donors expecting kickbacks from a candidate they sponsored, as USUncut reports. In fact, he’s the only presidential candidate nominee who hasn’t taken any money from corporations with twisted CEOs who have agendas centered only on profit.
“I really want to be on the right side of history, and this is a shot we’re not going to have again in my lifetime. To have a candidate that hasn’t taken any money from fracking, or Monsanto, or you know, Super PACs, or Wall Street, or farms — big farms — which all the other candidates have.”
When Hayes asked Sarandon if she considered it foolish to not support Clinton in a hypothetic general election matchup between the former Secretary of State and Donald Trump, she stated that she and other Americans view Clinton as dishonest. Therefore, the former First Lady will have to do better if she wants to earn respect and peoples’ votes.
A portion of the interview follows:
HAYES: I think, in certain corners, there’s growing concerns that the folks who are into Bernie Sanders have come to despise Hillary Clinton or reject Hillary Clinton, and that should she be the nominee, which is as yet undetermined, they will walk away.
SARANDON: That’s a legitimate concern because they’re very passionate and very principled–
HAYES: But isn’t that crazy?
SARANDON: Well, I mean–
HAYES: If you believe what he believes in?
SARANDON: Yeah, but she doesn’t. She’s accepted money from all those people. She doesn’t even want to fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage. So these are people that have not been, that have not come out before, so why would we think they’re going to come out now, for her? You know? That’s-
HAYES: You really think that?
SARANDON: I think there’s a good possibility. I talk to people who either want to– I talk to Republicans that have written him in already. You know? And they just feel like she’s not authentic, that she’s a liar, that they don’t trust her, so what difference does it make? You know, if you’re a small farmer, and you’re worried about fracking on your property, in Idaho, they just passed a bill where they can frack on private land, and you know that she’s taken money from fracking, why would you think that she’s going to have your back?
HAYES: Well, because they make the argument that, uh, there are all kinds of politicians, Barack Obama is the one that Hillary Clinton cites all the time, who have done things to effectively rein in industries, or reform industries that they’ve taken money from.
SARANDON: I’d like to see that.
HAYES: You don’t buy that?
SARANDON: No, I don’t buy it at all, because she’s been selling fracking all over the world… she’s not on the right side of that. She hasn’t voted right. So what would make you think that once she gets in, she’s going to suddenly go against the people that have given her millions and millions of dollars? I think that’s being incredibly naive and egotistical to think suddenly she’s going to see the right, you know?
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