It's a given that most Hollywood celebrities are publicly opposed to President Donald Trump (even if, perhaps, they're less critical in private company), but it's never really been a competition to see which members of the A-list are more opposed than others — until now.
On Thusday, "Will & Grace" star Debra Messing melted down on Twitter over a Variety article that suggested Bernie Sanders super-fan and fellow celebrity Susan Sarandon had the gall to give Trump tepid praise for encouraging "women and minorities to run for public office."
The video makes it clear that Sarandon is being ironic; she believes opposition to Trump, and a general feeling of unease among women and minorities has driven these key groups to become more involved in the political process. If anything, any "compliment" directed at Trump is entirely backhanded. But Messing didn't watch the video, she only read the tweet, and what she read sent her right over the edge.
STFU SUSAN. 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 https://t.co/UuXLLdahaB— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) September 12, 2018
The "ripping away of children" is a reference to Trump's short-lived family separation policy, and most illegal immigrant children who remain in federal custody have been left in the U.S. by illegal immigrant parents who chose to return to their homeland without their progeny. But here, the points are made up and the facts don't matter.
Messing added, "YES, do go on," before schooling Sarandon, who spoke out against Messing's preferred Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, during the 2016 Presidential over Clinton's complete lack of progressive bona fides.
Sarandon didn't take Messing's insults sitting down. Instead, she encouraged Messing to do what any clear-thinking partisan activist should be doing: actually watching the video.
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... https://t.co/pAIxBDNW5G— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) September 12, 2018
This isn't the first time Sarandon and Messing have been at each others throats. Sarandon staunchly refused to endorse Hillary Clinton ahead of the 2016 election, which Messing took as an implicit endorsement of Donald Trump. Sarandon has never expressed regret for her position, maintaining that her own progressive beliefs obligate her to support candidates who represent real change, not warmed-over Democratic mainstays.