During her introduction to Senator Bernie Sanders at a campaign event in Cedar County, Iowa on Monday, Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon took what appeared to be a swipe at her major progressive competition for presidential nomination of 2020.
"When people know and when they hear senatorial rules, when they see his track record, when they know how real he is and how he's fighting for these issues for a long time, he alone has a reputation, "Sarandon said from the stage. "He was not a former Republican. He was not someone who used money – or even took money – from Wall Street. He was the real deal."
The line about "someone who was a Republican" caught the ear of Politico by 2020 campaign reporter Holly Otterbein, who pointed out on Twitter that while Sarandon was not "namesake," his other major career candidate was Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) who was a Republican registered until the mid-1990s.
Speaking to ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos in 2014, Warren explained that he was "with the GOP temporarily" because he "really thinks it is a party that is the principal in its conservative approach to the economy and the markets. "
"And I feel left out of the GOP party," Warren added. "They moved to a party that said, & # 39; No, it's not about a level playing field. It's about a field that is sideways. & # 39; And they really stand out for big financial institutions when the large financial institutions are beating American families. "
Warren claims that the only Republican presidential nominee he ever elected in his life was Gerald Ford in 1976. The Daily Beast reached the Sanders campaign to ask if the candidate believes Warren's past as a registered Republican is fair game.
Earlier in his opening address on Monday, Sarandon called on 2020 to "make it or break this election" and accused the mainstream media of "either suppressing or damaging or misrepresenting" candidate information of Sanders.
Sarandon was an unrelenting supporter and surrendered for Sanders during the 2016 primary as well and famously refused to transfer his support to Hillary Clinton in the general election, casting her vote for nominee of the Green Party's Jill Stein in her native New York.
The month before the 2016 election, Sarandon went to MSNBC All In with Chris Hayes and suggested that Clinton would be a "more dangerous" president than Trump, declaring, "some people feel that Donald Trump will bring the revolution as soon as he enters, things will explode. ”