Actress Susan Sarandon has long been known for her outspoken liberal politics, which conservatives have never much cared for.
But during the 2016 presidential campaign, the 71-year-old Hollywood veteran took a ton of heat over her support for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and refusal to back eventual nominee Hillary Clinton — and some of the vitriol involved wished for rape upon Sarandon.
And who were the culprits? Hillary Clinton supporters, she told The Guardian. “I’m not attacked from the right at all,” Sarandon added to the outlet.
What else did the actress tell The Guardian?
- Sarandon didn’t “exactly” say Clinton was “more dangerous than Trump” — but doesn’t mind the quote: “I did think she was very, very dangerous. We would still be fracking, we would be at war [if she was president]. It wouldn’t be much smoother.”
- Sarandon supported Clinton’s Senate run in 2001, but her backing ended after Clinton voted for the Iraq War, the outlet said.
- Sarandon had to change her phone number after not supporting Clinton’s presidential run due to “Hillary people” who sent her messages like “I hope your crotch is grabbed” and “I hope you’re raped.”
- She added that those on “the left” even held her “responsible” for Trump’s threat to revoke the Dream Act — because, of course, Sarandon’s lack of support for Clinton let Trump into office.
- Sarandon also said “some of my gay friends were like, ‘Oh, I just feel bad for [Clinton].’ And I said, ‘She’s not authentic. She’s been terrible to gay people for the longest time. She’s an opportunist.’ And then I’m like: ‘OK, let’s not talk about it any more.’”
Did she let Obama off the hook?
- Nope. Sarandon noted to the outlet: “Look what happened under [former President Barack] Obama that we didn’t notice.”
- She slammed Obama’s treatment of illegal immigrants in particular, telling The Guardian he sent them packing “sneakily. He deported more people than have been deported now. How he got the Nobel Peace Prize I don’t know.”
You can read the entire Guardian piece here.