Susan Sarandon is one of Bernie Sanders’s best-known celebrity surrogates. But on Monday night, she said something that pundits are urging him to disavow.
Here’s what went down on MSNBC. Anchor Chris Hayes was asking Sarandon about the possibility (we might say the likelihood) that Sanders won’t receive the Democratic presidential nomination. He asked Sarandon what she would do if that were the case. Basically, would she throw her support behind Hillary Clinton?
“I don’t know. I’m going to see what happens,” Sarandon said.
Hayes was in disbelief. “Really?”
“Really,” she said.
Then, a moment later, the money quote: “Some people feel Donald Trump will bring the revolution immediately if he gets in then things will really, you know explode,” Sarandon said.
So let’s replay that. Sarandon doesn’t know what she will do if Sanders doesn’t win the Democratic nomination. Fair enough, some might say. Maybe she will choose to stay home in the general election rather than vote for Clinton.
But Sarandon also suggested that a Trump presidency would be better than a Clinton one. For someone on the political left, that is quite a claim.
The exchange set political Twitter abuzz Monday night. As you might guess, there were plenty of “Thelma and Louise” jokes.
Here are a few choice responses:
If you are well insulated from decisions government makes (bc u are, say, rich) you have luxury to say things like: https://t.co/Ea1WSUseV2
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) March 29, 2016
I'm biased, but I suspect a Trump election followed by revolutionary terror would be bad for Susan Sarandon as well as the rest of the world
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) March 29, 2016
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) March 29, 2016
Susan Sarandon, sheesh: https://t.co/ZKhMdchnXP
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) March 29, 2016
Wait are people just figuring out now that Susan Sarandon is a whackadoodle when it comes to politics?
— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) March 29, 2016
I hate the politics of denunciation but it would be wise for Bernie to tell his supporters that Susan Sarandon’s comments are ridiculous.
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) March 29, 2016
— Hilary Rosen (@hilaryr) March 29, 2016
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) March 29, 2016
Here’s video of the full interview: