Hey, look, I get it. Sometimes it's hard to make up your mind about who to vote for, so you turn to people you trust for their guidance. And we all have different standards for deciding whom we should trust, so some of us turn to business leaders; some of us turn to environmentalists; some of us turn to a friend who still gets a physical newspaper subscription; and some of us turn to Susan Sarandon.
No shade! Susan's great. Really. Not only have I never not enjoyed her in a movie, but for real she is a funny, smart, exciting progressive speaker.
That having been said, she probably could have chosen her words a little more carefully the other night on MSNBC when she appeared to be telling Democrats they could stay home instead of voting for Hillary.
"There’s growing concern that the folks that 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," said host Chris Hayes, who is a 37-year-old man but at a glance looks like Harry Potter at around year three.
"That’s a legitimate concern," Sarandon said, and went on to point out two of Hillary's liabilities with that crowd: she's taken money from tons of rich people, and she's been less than enthusiastic about raising the minimum wage.
Susan was trying to make the point that Bernie would draw more of a turnout than Hillary. (And although there's no telling the future, she may be right: some polling shows Bernie beating Trump by a larger margin.)
But she went a little further, and said that a lot of Bernie supporters might not be able to bring themselves to vote for Hillary, and then potentially placed herself in that camp: "I don't know," she said. "I'm going to see what happens."
Sarandon does know a thing or two about disrupting the status quo during elections: in 2000, she was co-chair of Ralph Nader's steering committee, but then in 2004 she urged Nader to get out of the race so Kerry could defeat Bush. (Oh well.)
To be fair: she never said she was voting for Trump, and she didn't even say she wouldn't vote for Hillary. "I'm going to see what happens" is the kind of polite dodge one might use to avoid an invitation to see a mime, so who knows what Susan's real plans are.
And TBH she's at least a little bit right. If you're the kind of person who doesn't trust the system, who seldom/never votes, and who sees Bernie as the only possible solution, well yeah, you might be like "oh well, Bernie's out, I guess I am too." (Data indicate that the number of Bernie supporters who would actually do this is pretty small, though, so nice try, Susan.)
And now a few other political luminaries have had some harsh words for Susan:
I respect but disagree with @SusanSarandon. A possible support of Trump over @HillaryClinton is dangerous 2 women, minorities & immigrants.
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) March 29, 2016
2- the idea that Susan Sarandon wud say that NOT supporting Hillary in a HRC/Trump race is a legitimate choice for Democrats, is insane.
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) March 30, 2016
There you have it, hopefully those tweets from the stars of A Fish Called Wanda and The Mysteries of Laura have answered any lingering questions you might have about how you should vote.