Does Susan Sarandon need to have a seat?
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Does Susan Sarandon need to have a seat?

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Actress, activist and erstwhile Bernie Sanders surrogate, Susan Sarandon has once again shared some hot takes on the current political climate. Sarandon, who last year was roasted for telling The Guardian she stood by her assertion that Hillary Clinton would have been "more dangerous" than Trump, claimed President Trump was responsible for the recent rise in liberal politicians. While it is true there has been an increase in "women and people of color" running for office, critics claim Trump should not be given credit. What do you think?

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The latest Sarandon-based hullabaloo occurred after Variety tweeted:

Donald Trump has, if anything, inspired more women and people of color to run for office, says actress Susan Sarandon

The tweet included a link to a video of Sarandon's full quote. 

Actress Deborah Messing immediately laid into Sarandon on the social media platform. Per Vanity Fair

Messing sent five missives in response that cover, with varying degrees of capitalization, the internment of immigrants, gerrymandering, Russia, voting rights, and the environment. Read them all here! They end with: “But, you do you Susan.”

Sarandon later clarified that she had not, in fact, said the words in the original tweet ("Debs, before you get yourself all self-righteous try clicking on the video and listening to what I actually say, not @Variety's clickbait headline, which btw has no quotation marks. That’s a clue..."), and had given a far more nuanced answer.

Sarandon did, though, argue that Hillary Clinton could have posed a greater threat to the country than Trump. 

Did she really say that Hillary was more dangerous than Trump?
“Not exactly, but I don’t mind that quote,” she says. “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.”
It seems absurd to argue that healthcare, childcare, taxation for the non-rich wouldn’t be better now under President Clinton, and that’s before we get to the threat of deportation hanging over millions of immigrants. “She would’ve done it the way Obama did it,” says Sarandon, “which was sneakily. He deported more people than have been deported now. How he got the Nobel peace prize I don’t know. I think it was very important to have a black family in the White House and I think some of the stuff he did was good. He tried really hard about healthcare. But he didn’t go all the way because of big pharma.”

Sarandon has continued to tweet in support of her liberal credentials and arguing that electing progressive leaders is a more important use of people's energy than participating in a Twitter beef. 

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