“Thelma and Louise” actress feels the Bern but doesn’t support CIinton: “I really want to be on the right side of history,” she tells Chris Hayes
Outspoken liberal and activist Susan Sarandon is a strong supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, but don’t assume that means she’ll vote for Hillary Clinton if the frontrunner wins the Democratic nomination.
The “Thelma and Louise” actress, who has been on the campaign trail with Sanders, shared her disdain for Clinton Monday when she appeared on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes.”
“I really want to be on the right side of history and this is a shot we’re not going to have in my lifetime to have a candidate that’s so morally consistent, makes decisions, whose judgment proves to be true but does it at a time when it’s not popular, when it’s not comfortable,” Sarandon told host Chris Hayes.
But what if the nomination goes to Clinton?
“I think Bernie would probably encourage people to [support Hillary if he loses] because he doesn’t have any ego in this thing,” she said. “But I think a lot of people are, ‘Sorry, I just can’t bring myself to [vote for Hillary].'”
When asked directly whom she will vote for if Sanders gets knocked out, she replied: “I don’t know. I’m going to see what happens,” much to Hayes’ shock.
“Really?” he marveled.
“Really,” was the steadfast response.
“I talk to people who want to — I talk to Republicans who have written him [Sanders] in already. You know, and they just feel like she’s not authentic. She’s a liar, that they don’t trust her so what difference does it make,” Sarandon explained.
“You know, if you’re a small farmer and worried about fracking on your property, in Idaho they just passed a bill where they can frack on private land — and you know she’s taken money from fracking. Why would you think that she’s going to have your back?”
During the 2008 U.S. presidential election, Sarandon and former longtime partner Tim Robbins campaigned for John Edwards in the New Hampshire communities of Hampton, Bedford and Dover. When asked at the We Vote ’08 Kickoff Party “What would Jesus do this primary season?” Sarandon famously said: “I think Jesus would be very supportive of John Edwards.”
More recently, she has transferred her support to the Vermont senator and voiced her concern over the current state of America.
“It’s dangerous to think we can continue the way we are with the militarized police force, with the death penalty and the low minimum wage and threats to women’s rights and think you can’t do something huge to turn that around,” she continued on Monday. “The country is not in good shape if you’re in the middle class. It’s disappearing.”
Watch the full interview below.