Actress Susan Sarandon tore into Hillary Clinton after appearing at a rally for the Democrat presidential front-runner’s chief rival Bernie Sanders in Iowa on Wednesday night, saying in an interview that Clinton’s support for the Iraq War in 2002 precludes her from becoming president.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Sarandon, who has been a vocal critic of Republican front-runner Donald Trump, said that while Clinton “failed” the test of the Iraq war, Sanders has consistently been “on the right side of every issue.”
“[The Iraq war is] where Hillary Clinton lost me,” Sarandon told the outlet Wednesday night at the conclusion of Sanders’ Mason City rally, “because there was plenty of information that even I had that said there was a real problem with the logic involved.”
Sarandon added that Clinton’s long political tenure represents “experience without judgement.”
“She’s had a job, but what has she done that we’re bragging about?” the actress said. “How has she led?”
Sarandon’s appearance at Sanders’ Iowa rally came just days before the first-in-the-nation caucuses in that state kick off the presidential nominating contest in earnest. Clinton holds a razor-thin lead over the Vermont senator headed into Monday’s voting.
In introducing Sanders before a crowd of more than 1,000 Iowans, Sarandon said she wants a candidate “who has the courage to stand and do the right thing when it was not popular.” The actress added that she’d never seen a politician have such an effective career “without being connected to Wall Street, big pharm, Monsanto, Goldman Sachs.”
“When you have the other candidate taking money from Goldman Sachs, speaking to Goldman Sachs, getting a lot of money from Monsanto, I think it’s really naive to believe that that’s not going to have some kind of influence over policy,” Sarandon told the Daily Mail of Clinton.
The actress also jabbed Clinton over the candidate’s relatively recent support of gay marriage, saying it was “not difficult” to endorse gay marriage after the rest of the county already had. Sanders reportedly voiced his support for same-sex marriage in 2009.
“She was not, and that’s a matter of record, and yes she has come around [on gay marriage],” Sarandon said, “but my point is, it’s great that she came around, but wouldn’t it be great to be a leader instead of a follower, especially if you’re going to hold the highest office in the land?”
Sarandon has been a vocal participant in this year’s election cycle; in September, the Thelma and Louise star joined Artists for Bernie, a collective of actors, musicians, artists and other creatives who have pledged their support to Sanders’ campaign.
While Clinton has taken in the lion’s share of Hollywood fundraiser dollars, Sanders’ campaign has resonated with many of the entertainment industry’s more progressive-minded celebrities, including Mark Ruffalo, Will Ferrell, director Adam McKay, and members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who announced they would play a fundraiser concert for Sanders’ campaign in Los Angeles next month.
Earlier this month, Sarandon appeared on The View to discuss her recent trip to the Greek island of Lesbos, where she assisted international relief organizations with the Syrian refugee crisis. During that interview, the actress decried what she called the “fear-based, hate-based xenophobic dialogue” surrounding the refugee issue in the United States.