Actress Susan Sarandon says she has no regrets over her refusal to endorse Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, describing her as “very, very dangerous.”
“I did think she was very, very dangerous,” Sarandon said in an interview with The Guardian. “We would still be fracking, we would be at war [if she was president]. It wouldn’t be much smoother.”
The Academy Award-winning actress angered political figures on the left when she refused to endorse Clinton in last year’s president election despite her left-wing beliefs. Sarandon, instead, threw her support behind Green Party candidate Jill Stein, citing Clinton’s “record of corruption” as her reason for breaking from most liberal voters.
“I didn’t advocate people voting for anything,” Sarandon said. “I said get your information, I’m going to vote for change, because I was hoping that Stein was going to get whatever percentage she needed – but I knew she wasn’t going to make the difference in the election.”
Sarandon, who is known for her environmental activism and endorsed Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary. The actress said at the time that Clinton’s defeat should be blamed not on her but on the Democratic National Committee, which she believed rigged the nominating process to favor Clinton.
“That’s why we’re going to lose again if we depend on the DNC [the Democratic National Committee], because the amount of denial,” she said in defense. “I mean it’s very flattering to think that I, on my own, cost the election. That my little voice was the deciding factor.”
In May, Sarandon outlined her belief that President Donald Trump will not make it through his full term in office and signaled she is optimistic that America could be on the verge of a political revolution.
“I’m actually optimistic because I think we’re seeing an amazing revolution happening,” Sarandon told People. “Not by the people that claim to be political but by Americans, and I have great faith in America. You’re seeing more people running that have never run for offices.”