Actress Susan Sarandon is known for her liberal progressive views, which are not out of the norm for Hollywood. Many politically vocal celebrities lean to the left. What separates her from many of the others is her refusal to follow the crowd and play partisan politics. A supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), she has taken a stand against Democratic politicians while trying to stop Republicans.
It’s a rarity in American politics in general, let alone for a celebrity, to shed partisanship and truly think independent of the entrenched political parties. But that’s just what Sarandon has done and continues to do, calling out the problems on her own side of the spectrum.
Hollywood has been in full meltdown mode since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. The meltdown began even before the election, with hyperbole surrounding the election and what a victorious Trump would do to America. For this reason, many argued that Americans should vote for Hillary Clinton, even if they didn’t like her.
Sarandon didn’t follow the crowd. In a recent interview with The Guardian, she was quite forward about her views regarding various Democratic politicians. The Bernie Sanders-supporting progressive still shows no regret for bucking the Hollywood elite and blindly opposing Clinton simply to stop Donald Trump.
Would failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton truly be more dangerous than President Trump? She didn’t give a simple yes or no, instead opting to explain her position. She states her concerns about the President, before moving to note that Clinton was no alternative.
Fracking is a popular issue among progressives, one she doesn’t believe would be different under a hypothetical Clinton Administration. She also believes Clinton, who previously voted to invade Iraq and has a history of supporting intervention abroad, would lead us to war. She said it wouldn’t be much smoother, and the criticism doesn’t stop there.
Sarandon slammed Clinton for being much like President Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama. There is a common fairy tale in American politics that Obama did nothing to illegal immigrants. This is contradicted by factual evidence, as he had a significant amount of deportations.
The difference? Obama was quiet about it, whereas Trump is loud and bombastic.
Sarandon believes that Clinton would follow in the deceptive footsteps of telling supporters one thing, but acting a different way behind the scenes. This is quite the position to take, considering that Obama is one of the few things most Democrats can agree about. Sarandon is showing a bit of bravery here to buck the consensus liberal opinion.
There are a lot of similarities between Clinton and Obama, however. Once political opponents, she would eventually become his Secretary of State before running an arrogant campaign she believed to be nothing more than a coronation parade.
But this overall illustrates the problem Democrats refuse to face. For all of the left’s criticisms of the Republican Party, Democrats have yet to overcome their own credibility issues. The progressive supporters of Bernie Sanders refuse to subscribe to the Democratic establishment. Because of all this, it is difficult to see a competitive Democratic machine forming in the near future.