Susan Sarandon, who fervently supported Senator Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary earlier this year, is now throwing her support behind third-party candidate Jill Stein.
The actress endorsed Stein, who represents the Green Party, in a statement on Stein’s website on Monday. “It’s clear a third party is necessary and viable at this time. And this is the first step in accomplishing this end. Fear of Donald Trump is not enough for me to support Clinton, with her record of corruption,” Sarandon wrote. “Now that Trump is self-destructing, I feel even those in swing states have the opportunity to vote their conscience.”
In her endorsement of Stein, Sarandon wrote that she had “been waiting for any indication that Hillary Clinton’s position on the issues that are most urgent to me, has changed.” But Sarandon charged that Clinton doesn’t support a $15 minimum wage or legalizing marijuana. The actress also charged that Clinton supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership, fracking and “unconstitutional military aid to Israel.”
Clinton’s stances on the issues most important to Sarandon and other Sanders’ supporters aren’t as clear cut. In recent months, Clinton has stated that said she supports a $15/hour minimum wage, but her website currently says she only plans to raise the federal minimum wage to $12/hour. Additionally, Clinton has said during the campaign that she opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership — despite calling it “the gold standard in trade agreements” while serving as Secretary of State.
Sarandon’s rebuke of Clinton isn’t exactly a surprise. The Academy-Award winner was a fierce supporter of Sanders during the Democratic primary, and told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes earlier this year that she wasn’t sure if she’d vote for Clinton over Trump. In June, she even tweeted: “I’m not convinced. I’m not with her.”