Debra Messing had some choice words for fellow actress Susan Sarandon via Twitter last night (12 September).
It all started when Sarandon did an interview with Variety. The interviewer asked Sarandon what score out of ten she would give President Donald Trump.
Sarandon responded: ‘Oh my god, I would tell him to start all over again – I don’t think we can grade him.’
She continued: ‘I think, what he’s done, that is the most significant, is that… unintentionally he has energized… he is so bumbling. He’s like a character out of a cartoon that you can’t not be aware of what’s going on now.
‘40% more women are running for office and becoming elected. Maybe things had to get so bad before real change actually could happen,’ she said.
Then Variety wrote as a caption to the tweet: ‘Donald Trump has, if anything, inspired more women and people of color to run for office, says actress Susan Sarandon.’
Debra Messing blasts off at Susan Sarandon
Then Messing quote-tweeted Variety’s video.
‘STFU SUSAN,’ the Will & Grace star tweeted. ‘Oh yes, PLEASE let’s give Trump CREDIT. I mean how else are you able to walk out on the street. Convince yourself that that this CATASTROPHE of a President who you said was better that HRC IS NOT ripping children away from parents seeking asylum, holding children…’
She continued in another tweet: ‘INDEFINITELY in internment camps with their new policy, DESTROYING all attempts to protect our environment (yes the water you properted to care about), endangered animals, taking away women’s ACCESS to health care and legal abortion, trying to block POC from Voting with extreme…
‘Judges who will support jerrymandering efforts, not to mention destroying ALL good will and allied relationships across the Globe. Oh, and lest you forget Syria, Crimea, and putting PRO-RUSSIA agenda BEFORE the United States best interests. YES, do go on…
‘And LAUD the effect Trump has had. Out of DESPERATION & PANIC for the DESTRUCTION of the Soul of our country. But you don’t want to look at THAT part of the equation. Because then you’d have to admit you were dead WRONG running around bellowing that HRC was more dangerous than…
‘Trump. Only a self righteous, narcissist would continue to spout off and not – in the face of Americans’ pain and agony -be contrite and apologize for your part in this catastrophe. But, you do you Susan.’
Part of Messing’s frustration lies with the fact Sarandon refused to vote for Hillary Clinton, even though Sarandon’s a Democrat.
When Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders in the run for president, Sarandon vowed not to vote for Clinton. She opted instead to vote for an independent candidate, who did not win.
Susan Sarandon responds
Susan Sarandon responded to Debra Messing’s public dragging of her.
She tweeted: ‘Debs, before you get yourself all self-righteous try clicking on the video and listening to what I actually say, not Variety’s clickbait headline, which btw has no quotation marks. That’s a clue…’
Sarandon later tweeted: ‘I understand why @Variety’s clickbait headline would be upsetting, but after you actually watch the video, you’ll see that’s not what I said. Now that you’re riled up, use that energy to call Collins, Murkowski & those Dem Senators still on the fence & tell them to #StopKavanaugh’
The two then began retweeting and quote-tweeting people who agreed with each of their own points.
Susan Sarandon was fiercely against Hillary Clinton as the Democratic candidate for President of the United States.
She said in 2016: ‘It’s one thing to be for gay rights and gay marriage once everybody else is for it. That’s not difficult.’
Sarandon strongly backed Bernie Sanders, who publicly expressed his support for same-sex marriage in 2009 – four years before Clinton.