Legendary Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon, who refused to back Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, continues to be assailed by Clinton allies on social media.
Sarandon, who supported Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary and Jill Stein during the general election, has repeatedly criticized the Democratic Party (and Hillary Clinton) for being too cozy with corporate donors and lobbyists.
Earlier this week, Sarandon commented on the race to succeed disgraced former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, criticizing DWS for overturning the ban on lobbyist donations instituted under President Obama.
Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson announced on Twitter that he had recently met with Tom Perez, a candidate in the race for DNC chair, and was “continually impressed by his experience & vision for the party,” Sarandon snarked back.
“Does his vision include reinstating Obama’s ban on lobbyist donations to the DNC that Debbie Got rid of last year?” the actress tweeted.
Hillary allies Peter Daou and Neera Tanden, the potty-mouthed president of the Center for American Progress, lashed out almost immediately. Daou accused her of “smearing” minorities. Tanden argued that Sarandon’s support for Jill Stein in the general election should preclude her from weighing in on the Democratic Party’s future.
Sarandon was not impressed. “Apparently anytime the words ‘lobbyists,’ ‘donations’ & ‘DNC’ are mentioned in a Tweet, Neera & Peter are summoned to create a diversion,” she tweeted in response. A number of social media users celebrated the sickness of Sarandon’s burn.
Others expressed dismay. “Hey @SusanSarandon, it would be great to be on the same side. But why are you still being like this?” asked liberal columnist Joan Walsh.
Sarandon *clapped back* on Twitter, noting that a political party that has faired so poorly at the state and local level, and recently lost a winnable presidential election, “can’t afford to maintain business as usual.”
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