Susan Sarandon is airing out her thoughts on politics and the 2020 Presidential Election on Twitter and many on the social media platform are slamming her for it. On Tuesday, the Oscar winner voiced support for socialist Ryan Knight, who goes by @ProudSocialist, and the backlash swiftly followed.
“Standing by @ProudSocialist and respect his courage in sharing his journey over the past few years,” she writes. “We need more Ryan Knights to stand up and speak truth to power every single day.”
Shortly after posting the tweet, Susan Sarandon was met with a heated reaction. Many expressed disappointment in her for supporting Knight while also attacking her character. “Susan Sarandon doesn’t care about people. She cares about looking like she cares about people,” one Twitter user wrote.
Another user chimed in writing: “Sarandon only seems to endorse rich white male grifters. So strong, so brave.”
Several users also called out the 73-year-old actress for what they feel is hypocritical for someone as successful as Sarandon to support a socialistic ideology.
Furthermore, others called out Sarandon for not lending her support to Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden. A handful of users feel that supporting a socialistic party only helps President Donald Trump eventually win a second term.
Susan Sarandon Receives Similar Backlash as She Did During 2016 Election
In the past, Sarandon has been an outspoke supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders. However, many of her critics come from those with left-leaning political beliefs. She drew the ire of many Democrats back in 2016 when she claimed during an interview with MSNBC that she couldn’t bring herself to vote for Hillary Clinton.
“Some people feel that Donald Trump will bring the revolution immediately, if he gets in. Then things will really, you know, explode,” she said, according to Newsweek.
Sarandon labeled Clinton’s approach as “pragmatic” at the time, mentioning that she didn’t feel like the then-candidate’s platform could ease tensions in the country.
“If you think that it’s pragmatic to shore up the status quo right now, then you’re not in touch with the status quo,” Sarandon said. “The status quo is not working … I think it’s dangerous to think that we can continue the way we are.”