Susan Sarandon walked into an ambush and emerged victorious.
Sarandon and environmental activist Josh Fox were invited on Chris Hayes‘ MSNBC show to discuss the Dakota access pipeline. But before that, Hayes jabbed at Sarandon’s past non-support of his failed champion, Hillary Clinton.
Sarandon, a vocal Bernie Sanders supporter, endorsed Jill Stein for president after Clinton won the Democratic nomination. At the time, Sarandon said she could not support Clinton because of her dangerous history of lies and her reluctance to support the environmental issues that Sarandon cares about.
Sarandon even said she’d prefer Donald Trump over Clinton because “he could bring the revolution” more quickly. In other words, Sarandon felt Trump could bring about real change because he’s not part of the entrenched political oligarchy responsible for the longstanding government gridlock.
Hayes suggested Sarandon was responsible for Clinton’s loss, and asked if she’s happy now that Trump is president. “Do you feel you properly appreciated what a Donald Trump presidency would look like?” Hayes asked.
An annoyed Sarandon — who is not a Trump supporter — said it’s a waste of time to stew over the past and assign blame. “Really? That’s where we want to spend our time and energy?” Sarandon said. “Talking about blaming people for what happened is really wasting your time and energy.”
Sarandon said President Trump has been a catalyst for waking people (both liberals and conservatives) out of hibernation. “Because what we have now is a populous that is awake,” Sarandon said.
Sarandon then said the media is not doing its job of spotlighting important issues that people actually care about instead of trafficking in gossip and blame.
“You consider yourself a journalist? Right?” Sarandon said to Hayes. “How many hours did you spend on Standing Rock? … Can you look me in the eyes and tell me you are doing your job to cover these issues completely?”
After the two guests pleaded their cases on how they believe they can move forward, Hayes immediately returned with the anti-Trump drumbeat.
“Can you look me in the eyes, both of you, and say, ‘Yes, 24 days into the Trump administration, this is about what I expected it to be’?” Hayes asked.
A seemingly disbelieving Sarandon shot back, “What is the point of even saying that?”
Undeterred, Hayes kept pushing his anti-Trump propaganda until Sarandon interrupted: “Can you look me in the eyes and tell me you were doing your job to cover these issues?”
Not surprisingly, Susan Sarandon was body-slammed by liberals on Twitter, who (like Chris Hayes) blamed her personally for Trump’s election.
With all due respect to Chris Hayes, Susan Sarandon is morally accountable for helping to get Donald Trump elected. #TheResistance
— Jesse Stark (@StopNuclearWar) February 16, 2017
Susan Sarandon on Chris Hayes thinks this is all a joke! Boycott EVERYTHING she does in the future and everything she has done in the past!!
— Swoozy (#44) (@swoozyqyah) February 16, 2017
I had flames coming out of my ears watching Susan Sarandon on Chris Hayes. She is repulsive, & is exactly how conservatives see liberals.
— #PersistentWoman ? (@squeemonster) February 16, 2017
@thedailybeast sorry Susan, lost all respect for you. Stein is a Putin asset.
— Suzanne Cummins (@suzanne_cummins) February 16, 2017
Susan Sarandon's condescension of Chris Hayes was arrogant & revolting.
"You consider yourself a journalist right?" she asked him.
— Laurie Crosswell ? (@lauriecrosswell) February 16, 2017
@jesseberney Love Chris Hayes but I don't want to hear anything Susan Sarandon has to say. She was so against Hillary. Hope she's happy now
— mzaa (@mzaa1206) February 16, 2017
But many anti-Trumpers agreed with Sarandon, saying Democrats need to focus on ISSUES.
Leave @SusanSarandon alone because she's right, we need the right leadership for the Democratic Party & a Hillary surrogate won't work
— Jared Barnes (@MrJaredBarnes) February 16, 2017
Quick note: Susan Sarandon was ABSOLUTELY RIGHT a/b HRC. If you morons had listened to her, we wouldn't be forced to deal with Trump today.
— Amir (@amiraminiMD) February 16, 2017
You people trying to blame Susan Sarandon for Trump are insane. She's right, you're awake but also are focusing on the wrong issues.
— Jessica Foxx (@GetJessFoxx) February 16, 2017
Of course, Trump supporters had fun watching the leftist steel-cage match.
— Anna Grabowski (@AnnaGrabowski) February 16, 2017
i did enjoy watching Susan Sarandon make Chris Hayes' peanut-pouch quiver when she unexpectedly bore down on the entitled little thang…
— Sapien Agenda (@SapienAgenda) February 16, 2017
Susan Sarandon had Chris Hayes squirming but good. It was beautiful to see a facile , corporate toady challenged.
— Paul Knox (@popsknox) February 16, 2017
For libs blaming Susan Sarandon for Hillary Clinton’s loss, just a little blast from the past:
To all those who find blaming me less painful than introspection, never knew I was this powerful. pic.twitter.com/etgSWBcH6a
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) November 16, 2016
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