Actress Susan Sarandon called out President Joe Biden over his promise of $2,000 COVID-19 stimulus checks. The Hollywood activist also warned the Democrats that they could lose elections in 2022 and 2024 if they attempt to do a "bait and switch" with the coronavirus relief package.
With Americans struggling financially because of the coronavirus lockdowns, Sarandon took to Twitter to take Democrats to task.
"Where are the $2K checks you promised @JoeBiden @KamalaHarris @ReverendWarnock @ossoff? At a time when only 39% of Americans could afford a $1,000 emergency & over 15 million have lost employer-sponsored health insurance, the diff between $1,400 & $2K is a matter of survival," Sarandon tweeted.
The progressive activist tagged President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, as well as newly elected senators from Georgia Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. All four of the Democrats promised $2,000 coronavirus stimulus checks, and promoted the funds heavily during the campaign for Ossoff and Warnock.
In January, Sarandon told Ossoff and Warnock to "please fight for the $2,000 check" that the politicians had promised.
Sarandon, 74, included a video compilation of Democrats saying they will provide Americans with $2,000 stimulus checks.
Currently, the government is expected to issue $1,400 stimulus checks as part of Biden's $1.9 trillion emergency aid package, which received a boost when the Senate passed a budget resolution early Friday morning. Since both chambers of Congress have approved the resolution, committees will begin formulating a reconciliation bill. A Politico report said Biden "remained firm on the size of the $1,400 payment."
The upcoming stimulus checks are expected to be more targeted, and "upper-income taxpayers" will likely be barred from receiving payment or the total amount will be diminished for high earners.
If voters feel like Dems are pulling a bait and switch, don't be surprised when they don't show up in 2022 or 2024.— Susan Sarandon (@Susan Sarandon) 1612450106.0
Sarandon, who is an ardent supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), warned that if Democrats don't issue $2,000 coronavirus stimulus checks then they could be voted out in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 general election.
"If voters feel like Dems are pulling a bait and switch, don't be surprised when they don't show up in 2022 or 2024," she wrote.
Commenters noted that the $600 stimulus check that was issued in December and the anticipated $1,400 check adds up to $2,000.
The Oscar-winning actress asked, "Even if Dems meant $1,400 the entire time, the fact is that voters heard and were expecting $2,000 'IMMEDIATELY,' not maybe $1,400 some time in late spring. Is it really worth it to lose Dem voters in 2022 and 2024 over $600?"
The Daily Wire reported that some Democrats attacked Sarandon for demanding the Biden administration keep its promise of $2,000 checks.
One Twitter user blasted Sarandon, "God, here we go... The Dems will lose votes when hardcore leftist ideologues like yourself tweet nonsense like this out."
The actress replied, "Got it. So if Dems lose in 2022 and 2024 it's because I Tweeted and not because voters who desperately need $2,000 think they lied."
Got it. So if Dems lose in 2022 and 2024 it’s because I Tweeted and not because voters who desperately need $2,000… https://t.co/Z0W2rKnM9c— Susan Sarandon (@Susan Sarandon) 1612452143.0
Last week, President Biden and the Democratic Party were ripped by their own supporters over the amount of the COVID-19 stimulus checks. Democratic voters voiced their displeasure online and demanded $2,000 stimulus checks that they were promised. One person even threatened, "Never voting D again."
This story has been updated.