Hollywood legend Susan Sarandon has been politically active for as long as she has been making blockbuster movies. She has used her fame to raise awareness about a litany of issues including fracking, Israel, and saving a variety of wildlife. Now, however, she has crossed a line that some consider unforgivable.
Sarandon once said that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would be a safer president than Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton because of Clinton’s hawkish views on the Middle East. This, logically, does not follow as Trump has mused numerous times about using nuclear weapons against the enemies of America. The twist comes with Sarandon as she has decided to not endorse either candidate from either major political party and is instead throwing her support behind the Green Party’s presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein. Sarandon said:
I’m therefore very happy to endorse Jill Stein for the presidency because she does stand for everything I believe in.
It’s clear a third party is necessary and viable at this time. And this is the first step in accomplishing this end.
Fear of Donald Trump is not enough for me to support Clinton, with her record of corruption.
While it is true that no politician is entitled to the vote of any citizen, Sarandon’s endorsement of Stein may prove to be detrimental to the American populace. Every vote will count in the most contentious election in American history. Will Sarandon, and those like her, help to influence the rise of President Trump, even if inadvertently? We shall see.