Oscar-winner Sarandon â€˜not sureâ€™ about backing Clinton if Sanders fails to get nod but is firm against Trump
March 30, 2016
NEW YORK â€“ Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon, star of cult classic â€œThelma and Louise,â€ has expressed reservations about voting for Hillary Clinton in the U.S. election, even if the opponent is Donald Trump.
The prominent actress is a high-profile campaigner for leftist Sen. Bernie Sanders, who faces a near-impossible task in trying to wrest the Democratic nomination from frontrunner Clinton.
â€œThatâ€™s a legitimate concern because theyâ€™re very passionate and very principled,â€ Sarandon, 69, told MSNBC on Monday when asked about fears that Sandersâ€™s supporters would not support Clinton if he loses the nomination.
â€œI think Bernie would probably encourage people (to back Clinton if he lost) because he doesnâ€™t have any ego in this thing,â€ she said. â€œBut I think a lot of people are, â€˜Sorry, I just canâ€™t bring myself to do that.’â€
Asked about her own vote in the event that Clinton faces Republican front-runner Trump, who has insulted women, Mexicans and Muslims in a volatile campaign, she replied: â€œI donâ€™t know. Iâ€™m going to see what happens.
â€œReally,â€ she added when the TV interviewer expressed shock.
But on Tuesday she rejected suggestions that she would rather vote for Trump, who has called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, than the candidate seeking to make history as the first female American president.
â€œLOL that I would ever vote Trump,â€ she tweeted, linking to a news article quoting her television interview the night before.
The actress told MSNBC said she was tired of the status quo and wanted a candidate who had not accepted money from the fracking industry, pharmaceutical giants or Wall Street.
She had appeared to imply that Trump, a political outsider, could ultimately lead to more radical upheaval than Clinton.
â€œSome people feel Trump will bring revolution immediately,â€ she said. â€œIf he gets in, then things will really explode,â€ she said.
Sarandon is one of a clutch of celebrity supporters of Sanders. Others include film star Danny DeVito and singer Bette Midler. Clinton has a galaxy of famous supporters in her corner.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, a Clinton supporter, fanned controversy earlier this year over her remark that â€œthereâ€™s a special place in hell for women who donâ€™t help each other.â€
A Qunnipiac University poll found last week that Clinton would beat Trump 46 to 40 percent in a general election match-up, while Sanders would hypothetically beat the New York businessman 52 to 38 percent.