Susan Sarandon: Trump 'unintentionally' energized politics
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Actress Susan Sarandon said in a recent interview that President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE “unintentionally” helped energized politics and inspired more women and people of color to run for office.

“Donald Trump has, if anything, inspired more women and people of color to run for office, says actress Susan Sarandon,” Variety tweeted teasing the interview with Sarandon.

"So many women, I think 40 percent more women are running for office and becoming elected," Sarandon said in a clip of the interview featured in the tweet. "We're on the verge of having the governors of Florida, Georgia and Maryland be people of color and one woman. This is a revolution."

Sarandon said “maybe things had to get so bad before real change could happen."

"[In] all fairness to Trump, this stuff was all laid in place over the last 12 years. This didn't just suddenly happen," Sarandon continued. "He is so bumbly, he's like a character out of a cartoon or something that you can't not be aware of what's going on now."


Sarandon’s remarks instantly drew criticism from many on social media over Variety's tweet, including actress Debra messing, who told her to “shut the f--- up” on Twitter.

"STFU SUSAN," Messing wrote in response to Sarandon’s remarks. "Oh yes, PLEASE let’s give Trump CREDIT. I mean how else are you able to walk out on the street." 

Sarandon and Messing's feud about politics spans back to the 2016 presidential primaries. At the time, Sarandon, who supported Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSenate Dems introduce bill to prevent Trump from using disaster funds to build wall Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all' MORE, and Messing, who backed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFemale Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up McCabe's shocking claims prove the bloodless coup rolls on MORE, sparred on Twitter after Sarandon questioned whether she would vote for Clinton if she were to face Trump in the presidential election, according to People.

Messing referred to the remarks in her tweets on Thursday.

"Convince yourself that that this CATASTROPHE of a President who you said was better that HRC IS NOT ripping children away from parents seeking asylum, holding children... INDEFINITELY in internment camps with their new policy, DESTROYING all attempts to protect our environment (yes the water you properted to care about), endangered animals, taking away women’s ACCESS to health care and legal abortion, trying to block POC from Voting with extreme... Judges who will support jerrymandering efforts, not to mention destroying ALL good will and allied relationships across the Globe,” Messing continued.

"Oh, and lest you forget Syria, Crimea, and putting PRO-RUSSIA agenda BEFORE the United States best interests. YES, do go on... And LAUD the effect Trump has had. Out of DESPERATION & PANIC for the DESTRUCTION of the Soul of our country," said Messing.

"But you don’t want to look at THAT part of the equation. Because then you’d have to admit you were dead WRONG running around bellowing that HRC was more dangerous than... Trump,” the “Will & Grace” actress added.

"Only a self righteous, narcissist would continue to spout off and not - in the face of Americans’ pain and agony -be contrite and apologize for your part in this catastrophe,” she concluded. “But, you do you Susan."

Sarandon responded to Messing's tweet by saying that Variety misrepresented her remarks in the headline.

“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...” Sarandon said response.