Debra Messing hits out at Susan Sarandon over Trump presidential comments
Debra Messing has taken aim at Susan Sarandon after she suggested a Trump presidency would be preferable to a Clinton one.
Earlier this week Sarandon, a Bernie Sanders fan, suggested she might vote for Trump over Clinton because his presidency could cause a “revolution”.
The actor is a long-time campaigner for LGBT equality – previously working with the Human Rights Campaign to call for marriage equality, as well as speaking about her gay nephew and genderfluid son.
She has been a vocal supporter of Bernie Sanders in the Presidential race – but this week claimed that if Senator Sanders loses out in the Democratic primaries, she would vote for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton despite Trump’s homophobic pledges.
But Messing has said she doesn’t agree, tweeting about Sarandon’s comments.
She wrote: “Susan Sarandon muses tht Trump prezcy wud b better 4 the country thn Hillary.Wonder if she’d say that if she were poor,gay,Muslim or immgrnt [sic].”
Messing added: “The idea that Susan Sarandon wud say that NOT supporting Hillary in a HRC/Trump race is a legitimate choice for Democrats, is insane.”
However Sarandon later tweeted to clarify, saying: “LOL that I would ever vote Trump”.
To which Messing responded: “Then why didn’t you say that? Please make that clear in the future. For women’s sake if for no one else.”
Sarandon later said: “For those passionate, principled independents & first-time voters who would not be voting if it weren’t for Sanders & whose interests [Hillary Clinton] doesn’t represent, it is a dilemma.”
However Messing still wasn’t satisfied. She tweeted: “You are not a first time voter.Your position,as a life long advocate 4 the underrepresented,is what matters to me.
“Your voice is powerful and influential. You not clearly disavowing Trump implies that u consider him (vs Hillary).
“There are people who need protections, and B Bernie or Hillary have that as a priority. Trump does not.”
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Sarandon then tweeted her disagreement with Messing’s comments.
She said: “Agreed Trump doesn’t, but she is not protective till it’s easy. Bernie makes morally correct choices when unpopular.
“I was explaining to not take those voters for granted which will affect the platform.
“This is y Bernie beats Trump by wider margin in polls & y independent voter support 4 HC can’t be taken for granted.”