Subtitle: A liberal who thinks Republican Donald Trump may as President be better for America than Hillary Clinton, who many believe is a liberal.
Flipping channels between lulls in a Phoenix Suns game on March 28, I came across “All In with Chris Hayes.” The pragmatic Hayes seemed bewildered by his guest’s idealism and relentless support for Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in what is for now a lop-sided race for the Democratic nomination. Though Sanders has won numerous states, it is the ever “evolving” Clinton that has a commanding lead for delegates.
The guest was the actress and activist Susan Sarandon. Listening to her speak, I was all ears and put aside the basketball game until the interview was over.
Sarandon travels the world for various causes dear to her heart. She is smart, articulate, energetic and inspirational. I was so mesmerized by her ideas, that I am publishing some of the most important.
CH (Chris Hayes) asks SS (Susan Sarandon) why she is backing Sanders.
SS: I really want to be on the right side of history, and this (Bernie Sanders) is a shot we’re not going to have again in my lifetime, a candidate who is morally consistent (undecipherable as Hayes tries to break in).
CH asks if she and other Sanders supporters will back Hillary if Sanders loses.
SS: That’s a legitimate concern because they (Sanders backers) are very passionate and very principled.
CH: Is that crazy?
SS: These are people who have not come out before [taken part in politics], so why would we think they will come out now for her [Hillary].
CH: You really believe that?
SS: I’ve talked to people, to Republicans who’ve written him in already [meaning Sanders]. They think she’s a liar, not authentic [meaning Hillary].
[While it seems obvious Sarandon detests the Republican front-runner Donald Trump, SS does not rule out voting for him if Clinton wins the Democratic nomination.]
CH: Would you really do that?
SS: I don’t know. I’m going to see what happens. Donald Trump will bring the revolution immediately [if he becomes president].
CH: Don’t you think it’s a danger?
SS: Now, if you think it’s pragmatic to shore up the status quo, then you’re not in touch with the status quo. The status quo isn’t working. I think it’s dangerous to continue the way we are — with the militarized police force, the privatized prisons, the death penalty, with the low minimum wage, with threats to women’s rights — and think you can’t do something huge to turn that around because the country is not in good shape. If you’re in the middle class, it’s disappearing. We should stop prioritizing war. . . .
The interview ends a short time later. Hayes apparently does not have time to delve into any issue deeply. He seems exasperated by the idea that the candidate he, MSNBC and the elite of the National Democratic Party has backed, Hillary Clinton, would not be a default choice.
It’s obvious too that Chris Hayes is out of touch with middle class Americans and their thoughts for a better America.
It is my belief that because of Sarandon’s powerful thoughts expressed during this interview that MSNBC gave “equal time” the next day to a Hillary Clinton campaign official.