Susan Sarandon dropped by the Ed Sullivan Theater on Friday night for a “Late Show” visit with Stephen Colbert, and the politically active “Feud” star had a lot to say about Donald Trump’s fledgling presidency. As she sees it, the longtime Democrat sees a silver lining, in that Trump’s controversial actions are firing up progressives like never before.
“Goldman Sachs has been in politics forever, and now we’re noticing because this guy is such a bozo that he’s just doing everything so badly that he’s not slick like everybody else,” Sarandon told Colbert. “I mean, all the fracking that’s been going on, the pipelines were all there before Trump got in. This has been going on, but now everybody’s awake, they’re energized, right? They’re calling their senators, they’re donating to all of these groups.”
In fact, Sarandon even credited Trump for increasing Colbert’s comedy quotient. “You’re funnier, don’t you think?” she told Colbert. “It’s doing great things for comedy.”
The interview took on a somewhat testy tone, however, when Colbert pressed Sarandon — who supported Bernie Sanders for Democratic nominee — on her refusal to vote for Hilary Clinton (she wound supporting Green Party candidate Jill Stein), calling the Democratic party “completely corrupt” and describing the election as America’s struggle to choose between “the lesser of two evils.”
Describing Sarandon as a “revolutionary hippie,” Colbert asked exactly what she meant by “revolution,” whether she meant “revolution in the head,” “revolution in our hearts,” or “revolution in political engagement.”
“All of the above,” she responded, to which Colbert asked if she meant “brick through the window… line the rich people up against the wall.”
“You’re watching the wrong movie, that’s not what we’re talking about,” Sarandon said. “No, I’m talking about people being engaged in the system, holding representatives responsible. We have to identify real progressives, people that are going to get us health care, college education, and infrastructure, and we’re in an oligarchy right now, and people were saying, ‘We don’t want the status quo,’ ‘The status quo’s not working.'”
The reason Trump is in the White House, she insisted, was because he was “the only candidate, as stupid as he [was],” who promised something that wasn’t business as usual. That candidate “wasn’t Hillary Clinton. It was Trump. So people wanted a change, and now they’re getting something that they didn’t expect, but they’re writing and they’re calling and they’re young people. The millennials are on fire.”
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