Susan Sarandon blasts Hillary Clinton in savage interview over Presidential election
In a world where we constantly hear celebrities criticise Donald Trump, Susan Sarandon bucks the trend. The 71-year-old actress was extremely vocal in her dislike of Hillary Clinton during the build-up to her presidential campaign and in a more recent interview with the Guardian, she didn't hold back her choice of words to describe the former presidential candidate.
Sarandon says that after being vocal in her objection of Hillary, she received abuse from those on the left of the political spectrum:
“I got from Hillary people 'I hope your crotch is grabbed’, ‘I hope you’re raped’. Misogynistic attacks. Recently, I said ‘I stand with Dreamers’ [children brought illegally to the US, whose path to legal citizenship – an Obama-era provision – Trump has threatened to revoke] and that started another wave [of abuse].”
Sarandon says that this fury from the left is what will end up ruining their chances of being victorious in the next election campaign:
“Well, that’s why we’re going to lose again if we depend on the DNC [the Democratic National Committee]. Because the amount of denial ... I mean it’s very flattering to think that I, on my own, cost the election. That my little voice was the deciding factor.”
Despite her opposition to Hillary, Sarandon was an active campaigner for the Democrats. However, after Bernie Sanders lost the leadership vote, she decided to back Green Party candidate Jill Stein instead - something which many saw as a protest vote.
"It wasn’t a protest vote. Following Bernie wasn’t a protest. Well, I knew that New York was going to go [for Hillary]. It was probably the easiest place to vote for Stein. Bringing attention to working-class issues is not a luxury. People are really hurting; that’s how this guy got in. What we should be discussing is not the election, but how we got to the point where Trump was the answer.”
Sarandon was quoted as describing Hillary as "dangerous", something which she still stands by: “I did think she was very, very dangerous. We would still be fracking, we would be at war [if she was president]. It wouldn’t be much smoother. Look what happened under Obama that we didn’t notice.”
The actress also had some strong words for Obama, someone who she thought got away with a lot of bad things. The actress says that Hillary would've been the same, playing on the fact that she was the first female president to shield the things she was doing.
“She would’ve done it the way Obama did it,” says Sarandon, “which was sneakily. He deported more people than have been deported now. How he got the Nobel peace prize I don’t know. I think it was very important to have a black family in the White House and I think some of the stuff he did was good. He tried really hard about healthcare. But he didn’t go all the way because of big pharma.”
The abuse the Sarandon has received from those on the left is nothing short of shocking, and shows that extremism can exist on both sides of the political spectrum. Even if you don't agree with what he is saying, you have to praise Sarandon for standing firm with her beliefs in the wake of the hostilities that have been aimed toward her.