Here's Susan Sarandon Suggesting Donald Trump Might Be Better for the Country Than Hillary Clinton

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Susan Sarandon went on All in With Chris Hayes Monday night, where she opined that maybe it would be better to vote for malfunctioning wind turbine Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, because he’ll usher in the revolution. This is a Bad Take, Susan Sarandon, and we’ve all been trying to get away from those.


Sarandon, a vocal Bernie Sanders supporter who’s been campaigning for him, said she understood why many Sanders fans might have a hard time voting for Clinton if she takes the nomination. OK. We’re with you. Now let’s go to the part where the wheels fell off and the bus burst into flames.

“In certain quarters, there’s growing concern that the folks that are into Bernie Sanders have come to despise Hillary Clinton or reject Hillary Clinton,” Hayes said. “And that, should she be the nominee—which is as yet undetermined—they will walk away.”

“That’s a legitimate concern,” Sarandon responded. “Because they’re very passionate and very principled.”

“But isn’t that crazy?” Hayes asked. “If you believe in what he believes in?”

“Yeah but she doesn’t,” Sarandon replied. “She’s accepted money from all those people. She doesn’t even want to fight for a $15 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?”

“You really think that?” Hayes asked.

“I think there’s a good possibility,” Sarandon said. “They feel like she’s not authentic, that she’s a liar, that they don’t trust her, so what difference does it make?”


A few moments later, after Sarandon briefly detoured into NAFTA, GMOs, Monsanto, and the TPP, Hayes pressed the issue: “I think a lot of people think to themselves, ‘Well, if it’s Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton....’ And I think Bernie Sanders probably would think this.”

“I think Bernie would probably encourage people, because he doesn’t have any ego in this thing,” Sarandon replied. “But I think a lot of people are [saying], ‘Sorry, I just can’t bring myself to do that.”


“How about you personally?” Hayes asked.

“I don’t know,” Sarandon said. “I’m gonna see what happens.”

“Really?” Hayes said, incredulously. “I cannot believe, as you’re watching the rise of Donald Trump...”


“Well, you know, some people feel Donald Trump will bring the revolution immediately,” Sarandon said. “If he gets in, then things will really explode.”

It’s truly inspiring that a wealthy white person is debating voting for Donald Trump, but for Woke reasons. Really something to consider.


Here’s the full clip:

Anna Merlan was a Senior Reporter at G/O Media until September 2019. She's the author of Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power.


Feminist Kittenjoy [is back after a long hiatus]

This is such a wildly privileged opinion. Real people will get hurt under Trump. SCOTUS will be changed. Laws will be passed. The military will be deployed, affecting people around the globe. I get that you want a different political system but this is the one we live in. Don’t throw others under the bus in your quest for political purity.

ETA: Because I anticipate the argument coming, no, HRC isn’t a republican. Yes, she is more hawkish than Sanders and, no, she might not attempt to implement laws as liberal as he would try. But it’s incredibly ingenious to suggest that an HRC presidency would be *anywhere* near as conservative as Trump.