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Susan Sarandon Calls for Nancy Pelosi to be Unseated in Congress — and It Doesn’t Go Very Well
Actress and activist Susan Sarandon hit back at 2020 Democrat Pete Buttigieg for claiming that front-runner Bernie Sanders could undermine down-ballot Democrats if he is the party’s nominee in November.
After Sanders’s overwhelming win in the Nevada caucuses Saturday night, Buttigieg took aim at the Vermont senator in a speech to supporters, slamming his campaign as an “inflexible, ideological revolution.” The former South Bend, Indiana, mayor portrayed Sanders as the opposite of a unity candidate and claimed a ticket with him at the top could weaken the party as a whole.
According to Buttigieg, Sanders would hurt down-ballot Democrats and could cost the party its majority in the House of Representatives.
“I believe the only way to truly deliver any of the progressive changes we care about is to be a nominee who actually gives a damn about the effect you are having, from the top of the ticket, on those crucial, frontline House and Senate Democrats running to win, who we need to win, to make sure our agenda is more than just words on a page,” he said.
“Senator Sanders is ignoring, dismissing, or even attacking the very Democrats we absolutely must send to Capitol Hill in order to keep Nancy Pelosi as speaker, in order to support judges who respect privacy and democracy, and in order to send Mitch McConnell into retirement,” he added.
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In addition to making the remarks before his Nevada crowd, Buttigieg also tweeted out excerpts from his speech. Sarandon, who has endorsed Sanders for the second election cycle in a row, took issue with his claim that nominating her candidate of choice would come at the cost of losing leaders in the party.
“We’re not looking to keep Pelosi because there’s a progressive running against her who supports Medicare for All and the Green New Deal among other things,” she fired back along with a link to the website of democratic socialist Shahid Buttar, who has launched a primary challenge against Pelosi for her House seat.
We’re not looking to keep Pelosi because there’s a progressive running against her who supports Medicare for All and the Green New Deal among other things. Check out @ShahidForChange at https://t.co/g293QvlKFB and vote by March 3rd. https://t.co/6G8MWfUzIP
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) February 23, 2020
Sanders’s clear front-runner status has put the Democratic Party at a crossroads with some beginning to normalize the Vermont senator and his ideology while others sound the alarm and call for a more centrist nominee. After wins in New Hampshire and Nevada and a solid showing in Iowa, Sanders will head into Super Tuesday, when more than a third of delegates will be up for grabs, in a strong position.
Twitter didn’t take too well to Sarandon’s tweet:
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) February 23, 2020
Shorter @SusanSarandon: "We want to remove the greatest anti-Trump warrior on Capitol Hill because she hasn't sufficiently prioritized our pie-in-the-sky fantastical pipe dreams."
— Greg Olear (@gregolear) February 23, 2020
The radicals are already plotting to overthrow Pelosi.
As I said, join this cult at your own risk. I'm not. https://t.co/tuFzzc3EL1
— Chris D. Jackson (@ChrisDJackson) February 23, 2020
Nancy Pelosi has more experience and integrity in her fingertip than you have displayed in 10 years, Susan. Your privilege keeps you safe from bad outcomes but for people living on a knife's edge the risk in your unbalanced utopia is huge. https://t.co/bMSeOEtEES
— Karma Police (@capeannsky) February 23, 2020
Oh Jesus ****ing Christ now Sarandon is weighing in. It really is 2016 all over again.
Anybody attacking Nancy Pelosi is NOT working for the good of the Democratic party. And needs their head examined. https://t.co/n2rU1d1mfC
— Michael Marshall Smith (@ememess) February 23, 2020
From the woman who still thinks Hillary Clinton is worse than Trump and thought Trump would "shake things up" and now we have 35+ years of the Trump judiciary. Definitely let's get rid of the most powerful Democrat in DC. https://t.co/CNhyKenqNA
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) February 23, 2020
Who the f*ck is this "we" you speak of, you deranged lunatic???
WE are trying to get rid of McConnell's exhausting ass. YOU are trying to get rid of anyone that gives a fuck about this party bc your Russian Asset of a candidate told you to.
Go back to being irrelevant 😒😒 https://t.co/2iZbvRgLsg
— Niko Hayds (@skyeward_lives) February 23, 2020