In an interview with the Guardian, actor Susan Sarandon defended her decision to vote for the third party candidate.
“It wasn’t a protest vote. Following Bernie wasn’t a protest.” Voting for Jill Stein was, by any definition, a protest vote. “Well, I knew that New York was going to go [for Hillary]. It was probably the easiest place to vote for Stein. Bringing attention to working-class issues is not a luxury. People are really hurting; that’s how this guy got in. What we should be discussing is not the election, but how we got to the point where Trump was the answer.”
Many have echoed Sarandon's support of Jill Stein, and argue Jill Stein represented a truly progressive candidate, unlike Hillary Clinton.
When Shillbots attack Green Party protest voters and Jill Stein for giving away votes to Trump, what they're basically saying is that Jill Stein actually ran a campaign on positions which leftists agree on, a campaign that isn't wishy washy and doesn't seem uninspiring.
Susan Sarandon voted for Jill Stein in California. Wow, big deal. Hillary won California (by a lot). Why are Hillary's cultists continuously attacking this wonderful woman? Was half of Hollywood's most popular not enough? They need to get a life. pic.twitter.com/LenmAclBpZ
Jill Stein is the best answer for those who are uninspired by both Republican and Democrats. She should be taken seriously.
Democrats say I owe them their loyalty and constituency to vote for them or else. There is not enough difference between Republicans and Democrats to care. I'd rather vote for Jill Stein and lose then vote for Hillary and win. So maybe you better vote for something else or else
But others have attacked Sarandon for doubling down on their decision to vote Jill Stein, who they view as a total joke.
Susan Sarandon has not accomplished positive change for 1 millionth of the people Hillary Clinton has. It’s sad that she chooses to spend her time bashing Hillary today. Go help one of the people who are about to lose healthcare because you voted for Jill Stein.
It’s just absolutely wild when anyone portrays a vote for Stein as morally or intellectually superior. Jill Stein is an idiot and a terrible presidential candidate. She has no relevant experience. She thinks WiFi melts brains! She goes on InfoWars!
Many on the left have argued that Stein is not only totally crazy, she also has no idea what she's talking about. Yair Rosenberg argued in Tablet that "friends don't let friends vote for Jill Stein," arguing she "stokes ignorance" and leans into "the ignorance of her supporters."
Jordan Weissmann argues in Slate that even her credentials as a "true progressive" are up for debate. From the minimum wage to military spending to GMOs, it is clear that Stein has no idea what she is talking about.
"The bottom line is that Jill Stein is not a figure anybody should trust. She's not just an uncompromising progressive. She's a panderer who raves about subjects about which she appears to lack the vaguest understanding. She is right about one thing: There is a lot of snake oil in the system. And she's selling it."