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Susan Sarandon Can't Let Go of Twitter Spat With Debra Messing

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By    |   Tuesday, 19 Apr 2016 12:55 PM

Susan Sarandon just can't let it go, apparently, the time last month she and Debra Messing dropped the gloves on Twitter and went at it over who would be a better choice for president: Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

Sarandon let off steam to The Los Angeles Times last week while she was in Las Vegas accepting CinemaCon’s Icon Award.

“At first, I engaged with her because I felt like if I said ‘I didn’t say that, just read it,’ it would have stopped,” she told the Times. “I don’t want to guess why she kept at it and brought other people into it. If somebody ultimately doesn’t get it, there’s no point in continuing to talk to them. At a certain point, I stopped, because that was clear.”

The Twitter exchange began after Sarandon, a vocal supporter of Bernie Sanders, appeared on MSNBC and said if the election came down to a choice between Clinton and Trump, a lot of people couldn’t bring themselves to vote for Clinton.

“Some people feel Donald Trump will bring the revolution immediately," Sarandon told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.

Messing challenged Sarandon’s comments, posting on Twitter: “Susan Sarandon muses tht Trump prezcy wud b better 4 the country thn Hillary.Wonder if she'd say that if she were poor,gay,Muslim or immgrnt.”

Several other celebrities joined the lengthy exchange, including Kathy Najimy, Rosie O'Donnell, and Jamie Lee Curtis.

Sarandon said she hasn’t spoken to Messing outside of Twitter and blamed the Internet fracas on news outlets spreading the story and putting “misleading headlines” on her comments, said the Times. 

“Some people [on Twitter] said, ‘She didn’t say that. Is that libel? Can she sue?’” Sarandon said. “But if people want to get themselves all twisted up and they get out on a limb, there’s nothing you can do.”

Vanity Fair called the Twitter feud “history in the making.”

“Now, people really freaked about this, because they took Sarandon’s intimations as literal instead of theoretical,” the magazine's Richard Lawson wrote. “Sarandon was, I think, really just flippantly hinting at an accelerationist notion that we must tip the country into chaos so a true change can happen, a sort of cleansing by fire that’s fun to think about from the cushy remove of comfort and wealth, but that sounds pretty scary to other people who don’t exist in that remove. Was Sarandon really advocating this kind of thing? Hard to say. Sarandon later clarified that she of course would never support Trump, but that wasn’t enough for some.”

Sarandon told Entertainment Weekly that it’s sexist to believe that women should vote for Hillary Clinton based on their gender.

Speaking to Vulture, she expanded on her thoughts about Trump, saying: “Well, Trump is probably less threatening than Cruz, because I don’t think Trump believes in anything.”

She also called Clinton “the best Republican that’s out there.”

“She’s completely a Republican,” Sarandon said. “Everything that she stands for and doesn’t stand for is Republican.”

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