Actress Susan Sarandon, who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential candidacy in 2016, continues to be attacked by leftists for refusing to support Hillary Clinton. In an interview with The Guardian, she said “I got from Hillary people ‘I hope your crotch is grabbed,’ ‘I hope you’re raped.’ Misogynistic attacks. Recently, I said ‘I stand with Dreamers and that started another wave.” Sarandon, who supported Hillary Clinton in 2001, told the British newspaper, “From the left! ‘How dare you! You who are responsible for this!’”

Sarandon, an Academy Award winner who has appeared in movies such as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Atlantic City,” continues to field questions over her political heterodoxy. For example, on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” she was asked to defend her political position.

Since the election, she has been quoted as saying that Hillary Clinton would have been a “more dangerous” president than Donald Trump. In The Guardian interview, she said,  “Not exactly, but I don’t mind that quote. I did think she was very, very dangerous. We would still be fracking, we would be at war [if she was president]. It wouldn’t be much smoother. Look what happened under Obama that we didn’t notice.”

An ardent feminist, Sarandon has taken a pragmatic approach to issues relating to women. Recalling the rage that some feminists exhibited at the beginning of the movement, she told them at the time that angry confrontation was counter-productive. She said, “It was counterproductive, clearly. But that image of the shrill woman became the definition of a feminist for a long time. And women had a right to be angry, and to feel empowered. But that was just one glimpse of a fairly emotional and strident definition, and there was a period when young women didn’t want that label.” As for support for Hillary Clinton, she said that the rage has returned. “It’s come back, and it’s gotten warped, especially with the election, where if you’re a woman you have to support Hillary Clinton.”

Referring to Katha Pollitt, who referred to her as an “idiot” for failing to support Hillary Clinton, Sarandon said of the insult:  “I’m flattered.” Noting the fury of her detractors, Sarandon added, “Well, that’s why we’re going to lose again if we depend on the DNC [the Democratic National Committee]. Because the amount of denial ... I mean it’s very flattering to think that I, on my own, cost the election. That my little voice was the deciding factor.”
 

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